117 - Stabilizing Detroit Neighborhoods Through Parks

Tuesday, September 26
1:00 PM–2:15 PM

Location: Room 217

Days: Tuesday, 26 September
NRPA Three Pillars: Social Equity
Track: Planning, Design, and Maintenance
Session Type: Education Session

Detroit is a challenging context for park planning, with concentrated poverty, blight, population decline, and a large and expensive park system. Lessons can be learned from the park planning methods and specific strategies implemented in Detroit to stabilize neighborhoods in this challenging context. Strategies include 40 neighborhood park renovations, turning vacant/blighted sites into park expansions, and transforming parks in high-population loss areas into passive open spaces.

CEU Credits: 0.1

Learning Outcomes:
1. Discuss park planning in the context of population decline
2. Discuss strategies for developing a metric to compare across parks in a large parks system
3. Learn several specific strategies for using parks to stabilize neighborhoods in the context of broader decline