Improving Urban Park Design: A Comparative and Analytical Study Addressing Resources Available and Components Necessary to Improve the Environmental and Economic Sustainability of Urban Parks
Date of Award
Undergraduate Capstone Project
Master of Applied Science
University College, Environmental Policy and Management
Environmental Policy & Mgmt
Economic sustainability, Environmental, Sustainability, Sustainable cities, Sustainable urban parks, Trail surface materials, Urban park design, Urban parks
Urban parks have long been valued for the environmental, social, and economic benefits they provide. Increasingly, parks are also being recognized as features important for sustainable city design. This Capstone Project will identify, compare, analyze, and discuss means for designing sustainable urban parks. Recommendations for designing sustainable urban parks, based on project results, include: 1) ensure park features will support high levels of human activity; 2) use gravel to construct park trails; 3) purchase playground structures made of recycled materials; 4) plant a high number of perennials in flowerbeds and other vegetated areas; 5) plant climate-appropriate plants in vegetated areas; 6) ensure parks have high levels of plant diversity; and 7) develop future studies further exploring sustainable park design.
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Dorsey, Adrienne, "Improving Urban Park Design: A Comparative and Analytical Study Addressing Resources Available and Components Necessary to Improve the Environmental and Economic Sustainability of Urban Parks" (2009). University College: Environmental Policy and Management Capstones. 72.