your community. your parks. your voice.

“Parks are a tangible reflection of the quality of life in a community. They define the shape and feel of a city and its neighborhoods. They provide identity for citizens and are a major factor in the perception of quality of life in a given community. Access to parks and natural amenities is the foundation of great places–they are what attract people — and investment. Most importantly, public parks can provide rich and equitable opportunities for all residents. Mecklenburg County needs to plan for our future that will include easy access to parks.”

Darlene Heater – Executive Director, University City Partners

Parks not keeping pace with Charlotte growth
UNC Charlotte

Why Parks and Recreation are Essential Public Services
National Recreation and Park Association

State and local parks facing budget cuts

Park and Rec cuts mean fewer summer options for families

Mecklenburg parks rank last nationally. Advocates have a plan to change that.
Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Talks: Mecklenburg Parks at the Bottom of National Rankings, New Parks Director Weighs In

County leaders, It’s time to invest in parks and greenways!
Sustain Charlotte

Mecklenburg County Park Value Report
The Trust for Public Land

Healthiest & Unhealthiest Cities in America (Charlotte is ranked #62)

Why are parks important to cities?
City Parks Alliance

Why urban parks are essential infrastructure

Mayors get it: Parks are problem-solvers

The best – and worst – Cities for park systems in America (Charlotte is ranked #97)

Active Parks, Healthy Cities
City Parks Alliance

Access to parks, open spaces in your community can be a health factor

The importance of local parks
Perfect Mind

The fight to preserve urban parks for people
Next City

Nation’s mayors launch groundbreaking 10-minute walk to a park campaign
The Trust for Public Land

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Commission, Priority needs and funding analysis Jan 2019
Mecklenburg County

Our cities need more green spaces for rest and play – here’s how
The Conversation

10 Ways that parks and playgrounds benefit the community
May Recreation

Importance of Parks and Recreation
Eastern Kentucky University

2019 NRPA Agency Performance Review
National Recreation and Park Association

How large parks complete cities
The Nature of Cities

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