What is it about Parks & People that has driven your nearly 20-year involvement?
Parks & People is recognized as a thought leader, providing a system of community engagement and an investment in neighborhood projects. We support community leaders in greening and environmental stewardship projects.
What are some of the accomplishments of Parks & People?
Citywide, the comprehensive vision is One Park. It’s a green network of open spaces and a lot of different things: tree planting, stormwater management, bike trails, and community gardens. It is designed to connect people to the green spaces and recreational amenities around the city.
You have a research arm called the Urban Resources Initiative—what is it and what does it produce?
It’s an incubator for best practices in natural resource management, where our relationships with the Yale School of Forestry and other colleges provide interns who conceive and pilot projects. Some results are the Gwynns Falls Trail, a 15-mile green path for bikes and pedestrians. Another is the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, which examines the dynamic between people and their urban environment.
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