Seven Measures of an Excellent Park System

By Barbara Heller
In August 15, 2014

Successful towns and cities are often known for their great parks and recreation systems.  When measuring any city’s greatness, its ability to provide recreation, open park space, and its natural aesthetic are measured.  These so called “successful” park systems build civic pride and have an economic impact on their communities as well as contribute to the overall health and quality of life.  In an effort to determine what makes a parks and recreation system successful, the Trust for Public Land has identified seven key measures that develop a framework for defining a successful system.  The goal for a successful parks system is to sustain city parks as valued components of a vital community in which the seven factors of excellence will provide a framework for benchmarking goals for city park systems. 

The seven “measures” identified in the report are:
1. A clear expression of purpose
2. Ongoing planning and community involvement
3. Sufficient assets in land, staffing, and equipment to meet the system’s goals
4. Equitable access
5. User satisfaction
6. Safety from physical hazards and crime
7. Benefits for the city beyond the boundaries of the parks

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