Better Park Practices

A Philosophy of Park Governance


  • Create a comprehensive, city-wide parks master plan and compliant, individual park plans.
  • Continually maintain and beautify green space.
  • Protect green space from commercial development.
  • Connect parks with bike & pedestrian pathways.
  • Monitor proposed changes to the City Zoning Ordinance and advocate protections for public green space.
  • Use the New Orleans ecosystem to create "natural" parks, including water parks, levees and neutral grounds.
  • Ensure adequate funding for entire park system.
  • Develop cooperation among different park & recreation constituencies.
  • Ensure inclusion of citizens and advocates to park boards.

Parks and Your Health


  • Parks Foster Mental, Physical and Spiritual Health
  • Parks Encourage Physical Activity
  • Parks Advance Health Equity
  • Parks Help Kids Flourish
  • Parks Combat Disease
  • Parks Absorb Stormwater
  • Parks Enable Our Very Survival 

The value of trees

Recent Studies and News Articles About Greenspace

Jed Horne. Time to recognize the basic flaw in our whole approach to flood prevention. The Lens. August 11, 2017 (pdf)


Lorien Nesbitt. Lack of fair access to urban green spaces. University of British Columbia. January 17, 2019 (pdf)


Kristine Engemann, Residential green space access connected to lower risk of mental disorder. PNAS. March 12, 2019 (pdf)