Is it because those neighborhoods produce community volunteers who put in long hours to keep their parks clean and beautiful, or because the municipality puts more time and money into maintenance in some neighborhoods than it does in others? Your plan should be for the best facility you can create with the resources you expect to be able to raise. National and state parks, notoriously underfunded, are often more at risk in some ways than local parks. Indoor space needs careful planning as it needs to be flexible to accommodate children’s changing interests and needs. They can fill their lungs with clean air and use all of their senses to appreciate the colours, different noises, the sense of space and of scale. People are more likely to move to communities with well-kept parks, lively cultural institutions, good schools, and efficient public transportation. 52 0 obj <> endobj It isn’t hard to make contact with most of these people if you’re a registered voter in their district, or if you represent others who are. One way or another, they’re the people who have to be swayed if you want any substantive backing from the community in the form of money, public policy, the help of municipal workers, the use of municipal property, etc. Changing the Physical and Social Environment, Section 1. 0000002274 00000 n A large donor is more likely to respond to an appeal from someone he knows and likes than to one from a stranger or from a form letter. Sixty percent of the homes there have been abandoned, but the youth have not given up on their community. 0000106039 00000 n <<000723199049E849949AD65069298E8F>]>> Other community facilities. In general, a community facility is a physical feature provided – either by the municipality as a public service, or by a private entity – in the community for the benefit of community members. 0000002227 00000 n Actual users are tremendously important, and a cross-section of them is the ideal. In some cases, as we’ve discussed, it may take volunteers and/or donated labor and materials. x�b```b``�c`c`�*ed@ AV�(G���� pbNCþbj+�*x�E��W���ل�P �Ĥv���6/��-�� How New York (and Other Big Cities) Should Solve the Traffic Problem,” an article by Carolyn Curiel, NYTimes, Sept. 13, 2006 that discusses how transportation alternatives and how to solve the problem of traffic in cities. 0000030135 00000 n Good facilities can improve the economic climate and prospects of the community, by attracting business and tourism. “Hey! (A good example is the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), a British government advisory group). For everything that matters in early years. The mission of The Forest Park Conservancy is to protect and foster the ecological health of Forest Park, maintain and enhance the park's extensive trail network, and inspire community appreciation and future stewardship of the splendor of this iconic urban wilderness as a gift for generations. If you’re in one of those situations, take what you need from this part of the section, and use it in whatever way makes the most sense for you. Even if that’s the case, you still need to decide what the alternatives are. It takes money and effort to maintain it as well, even if most of the work is done by volunteers (and keeping a volunteer effort going over decades is challenging.). A third resource includes materials and equipment – maintenance, office, and educational or program supplies; seeds, plants, and planting supplies; building materials; tools of all kinds; machinery needed for specific jobs; furniture; etc. Children gain enormous benefits from learning outdoors. The copyright of Public Space discusses the copyrighting of Millennium Park in Chicago. Creating Good Places for Interaction, Section 9. Improving Parks and Other Community Facilities, Implementing Promising Community Interventions, Chapter 26. Some gain a 501(c)(3) structure so that they can solicit tax-deductible donations. 0000005739 00000 n Ideally they should have access to outdoor space on a daily basis – regardless of all except the worst weather. The outdoors supports active learning and when balanced with quiet areas for reflection can really enhance children’s learning. Still others might find themselves with community facilities that are adequate in some ways, but that have become rundown or dangerous, and need to be revitalized. Identify and analyze the parks and other community facilities that exist in the community. (In the first case. Whether it’s a matter of maintaining and extending the progress you’ve made, of realizing and trying to fill the need for other community facilities, or trying out new ideas and programs, your work is never done. It also raises questions of how much responsibility the community as a whole will take, who will plan the building of new facilities or the restoration or renovation of existing ones, and how to make sure that whatever is created or restored actually meets the needs and desires of the community. That means getting to know your city councilors, the mayor or town manager, your state representative and state senator, perhaps even your Congressman, and/or their aides. offers a series of reports on Green Access and Equity for Southern California. In the outdoors, children’s use of language is five times greater than indoors. Parks and other community facilities are important to the life and well-being of communities. startxref 0000008981 00000 n Where possible – in seeking major contributions, for example – the best approach is personal. Privately Owned Public Space discusses public spaces created as a result of the NYC Incentive Zoning Program, granting density bonuses for the creation of public space within or outside of private buildings. These services bring residents together and actually help create the sense of community that defines a place. You’ll have to find the resources to bring your plan to life, or the new or renovated facility will never be more than a drawing or a computer file. This might be a “Friends of...” or other grassroots group, a public initiative coordinated by the municipality’s planner or Parks Dept., a community-wide citizen initiative funded by grants, a citizen-action coalition, or some other type of effort, depending on who feels the need to organize it and whether there is resistance from the municipality or anyone else. To feel secure when using facilities, people have to feel safe from accidental injury and safe from attack or harassment by others. 0000002967 00000 n The Community Tool Box is a service of the. %%EOF 0000001036 00000 n Community facilities enhance the lives of residents in numerous ways. Medical facilities encourage and safeguard health, and public transportation offers mobility and access to other areas. Acadia National Park in Maine, for example, has an active “Friends of Acadia” group that provides volunteers to perform various tasks within the park (from maintaining trails to guiding nature walks), and raises money to supplement the public park budget.