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Parks and Public Spaces for People of All Ages

A free, step-by-step guide to developing fun, safe and healthy outdoor places

Creating Parks and Public Places for People of All Ages

Follow the links below to download or order this free guide, which contains strategies, worksheets and examples of inspiring parks and public spaces nationwide. To find this page again, type AARP.org/LivableParks.


Public parks are important places for building a sense of community and social belonging. They are spaces that belong to everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or income.

However, the way parks are designed, maintained and programmed doesn’t always reflect the purpose and promise of such uniquely public spaces. Pinched for funds by competing priorities, many municipalities neglect their park networks or fail to invest in these vital places as their communities grow and change.

With the publication of Creating Parks and Public Places for People of All Ages: A Step-by-Step Guide, AARP Livable Communities8 80 Cities and The Trust for Public Land have come together to highlight the importance of parks — and give community leaders (and park advocates from all corners) tools they can use to both create and improve green spaces and public places for people of all ages.


DOWNLOAD THE PARKS GUIDE PDF

     44 pages (letter-sized paper)23 pages (tabloid-size paper)

ORDER THE FREE PRINTED EDITION

We can send one copy per request. Allow up to 4 weeks for delivery. Bulk orders will be considered. If seeking additional copies please send us an email that explains why and identifies the organization you are with, if any. 

Page updated October 2020

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