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Parks, Open Space, and Greening

New spaces for recreation or greenery are an important component of this work and can include new walking and biking trails, parks and community gardens. Open space in a community provides a place for kids and adults to play, exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and meet friends and family. Safe, well-maintained open space is an asset for any community.


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Parklets were first installed in San Francisco in 2010, repurposing a part of the street for public open space, landscaping and energizing the pedestrian way. They provide amenities like seating, planting, bike parking and art. Some parklets are permanent. Others are temporary, removed in the winter. Since then, parklet programs have been launched in Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, New York, Roanoke, Virginia and dozens of other cities.

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