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Next spring, the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national open space conservation group, will release a wealth of park data through a new website called ParkServe.
The data delivered by the new website is intended to guide cities on placement of new recreation areas, while helping citizens take advantage of local parks. The website is part of a three-year project, funded by the JPB Foundation and developed by Esri, to gather data on parks in 13,931 cities and towns for open-space advocacy and research…
The company’s vision is to create a data repository that city planners, academics, civic hackers and citizens can use to help themselves and their communities. Local parks are often considered second-tier solutions to civic problems when they should be seen as a first recourse, Robertson said. Parks can improve community health, lower pollution, increase climate resiliency and raise property tax revenue by elevating real estate prices. TPL’s ambition with ParkServe is to enhance those benefits through an evidence-based approach that compels park creation.