Parks Are Green Infrastructure
Cities, counties, regions, and states are increasingly looking at the functions of their “green infrastructure” and the benefits it provides to citizens and taxpayers. Once taken for granted, the interconnected web of forests, streams, rivers, wetlands, and other natural systems that is woven into every community is suddenly being recognized as extremely important to economic and environmental health.
Mayors, county executives, and other elected officials are beginning to realize the importance of green infrastructure and how it supports and complements sustainable development. However, only a small number of these officials yet understand that their parks and public green spaces are essential components of sustainable development. Parks leaders have an extraordinary opportunit....
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