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NCJ Number: 150180 Find in a Library
Title: Healing America's Cities: Why We Must Invest in Urban Parks
Corporate Author: Trust for Public Land
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Noting that urban recreation and sports programs are a proven and cost-effective way for preventing crime and juvenile delinquency, this report argues that urban areas should increase their investments in parks and open space and describes the role of the Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco.
Abstract: For nearly 30 years, studies of the causes of urban violence have reported the concerns of urban residents about parks and recreation opportunities. However, the crisis in urban open space that existed in 1968 is essentially unchanged. In many central cities, parks are more dangerous and poorly maintained than ever, and fewer opportunities for recreation exist than at any time in the past. Because 40 percent of a schoolage child's hours are discretionary, recreation opportunities are crucial. Several cities have documented significant decreases in juvenile arrests following the establishment of recreation programs. Creating new open space is an urgent priority, because land is rapidly being lost to development or priced out of range. Traditional funding sources are insufficient to meet the needs of newer, growing cities and older urban centers. For the past 20 years, the Trust for Public Land has brought together public and private resources to expand public open spaces. Through the Green Cities Initiative, the Trust will work with civic and business leaders for the goal of bringing more functional, accessible, and safe parks and public open space to urban communities.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Crime prevention planning; Environmental influences; Recreation
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