In Park People’s 2015 Making Connections report, we profiled creative strategies cities were using to ensure parks kept pace with growth. Pressures have only intensified since then, and will continue to intensify due to COVID-19, resulting in further innovations in planning and design.
In Part 1 of our story, we took a look at the challenges and opportunities of navigating the constraints of the changing city for parks. In Part 2, we showcase leading examples of projects that use creative measures to expand parkland.
Layering: parks up top—and underneath
Cities are planning for spaces that do double—or even triple—duty by layering parks on top of or underneath rail corridors, highways, malls, water filtration plants, and more.
Rendering of Oakridge Mall park woodland area. Credit: Vancouver Park Board
Stitching: greenways to tie a city together
As cities turn to bolstering connectivity within their park system, linear parks and greenways are helping to stitch parks and neighbourhoods together.
High Level Line Railtown Green in Edmonton. Credit: High Level Line
Spirit Trail. Credit: City of North Vancouver
Re-allocating: opening up streets for people
By temporarily or permanently re-allocating space within the public right-of-way, cities are using their own streets as a resource for enhancing public space.
Montreal pedestrian street. Credit: Park People