Increasing urban open space through pocket parks
Pocket parks are the smallest type of park, generally less than one-half acre. Pocket parks provide the same economic, environmental and public health benefits that larger parks provide but are unique in that they can be woven into the urban fabric in even the most developed cities. Even though the existing literature treats pocket parks as a single type of park, they should be categorized into three different types: Active, Passive and Bonus. Pocket parks can be developed as privately-owned public spaces, on vacant parcels or in spaces created by public or private development. Municipalities have a variety of tools available to encourage the development and support of pocket parks. For example, public-private partnerships can be used to develop and maintain parks, open space provisions should be included in zoning regulations and communities can elect to impose dedicated taxes to be used for the development and maintenance of pocket parks.
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