We all need parks. Specifically, the availability of parks, trails, and other recreational facilities is an important factor in creating healthy communities and providing a high quality of life for residents. These amenities offer opportunities to encourage active living, to exercise, to access open space, and to connect with others and the natural environment.
When I tell people that I work for the Department of Parks and Recreation, many ask whether I watch the TV show Parks and Recreation. While I do enjoy the comedy series, I must say that doing “real life” parks and recreation planning is actually far more interesting and rewarding. Personally, I am motivated by the desire to help improve and expand recreational options for communities in need because I have experienced firsthand the many benefits of parks and recreational facilities. [Read more…] about Park Planning for Underserved Communities in Los Angeles County
The common wisdom is that all the new development, or at least all the interesting development in San Francisco, is South of Market. This of course makes news because it represents a sea change from the prior 100+ years when “south of the slot” was the industrial, working class (or worse) sector of the city. [Read more…] about Where grows San Francisco?
Over the weekend, I visited the Orange County Great Park with my family. Having heard and read so much about the park, I was eager to see it in person. While the vision of the Great Park is grand and exciting, it seems that media coverage of the park has been rather critical or negative. For example, [Read more…] about Orange County Great Park: A Work in Progress
When I tell people that I work for the Department of Parks and Recreation, many ask whether I watch the TV show [Read more…] about Parks and Recreation: Not Just Fun and Games
The American Planning Association (APA) defines planning as “a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations.” [Read more…] about Thinking about the Park Planning Profession