City parks are serve complex and diverse needs, from recreation, to beautification, to providing a gathering space for citizens. One of the most valuable tools in discovering the trends, demographics, popular amenities, and usage data of city parks is The Trust for Public Land’s annual City Park Facts report.
Many parks and recreation departments across the United States develop an important planning tool referred to as The Park Classification Plan. This plan is an effort on the part of community planners to ensure that residents have available the proper number of parks, in the best locations for use, with just the right amenities. This requires a thoughtful collection of key information and the application of high quality decision making. Playgrounds, associated areas, and equipment are critical to a well-conceived park plan. The following is a quick refresher in the development of this planning tool.