Balancing Act: Determining Parkland Needs in Urban Areas
Co-presenters: Todd Brown, Steve Langlois
As cities grow inward and upward, pressures on parkland are rising. While developers seek to maximize their building footprint and create cost certainty, municipalities want more parkland to accommodate growing leisure demand. Meanwhile, residential intensification puts pressure on existing parks, many of which are not meeting evolving needs. Given that parks contribute so much to quality of life, why can’t we overcome these conflicts? This session discusses how to analyze whether a community has enough (and the right type of) parkland; how to go about securing and dedicating more parkland; and practical ideas for responding to these emerging issues.
A presentation from the 2014 Parks and Recreation Ontario Educational Forum and Trade Show.