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Some news from around…

  • While Seattle’s tree canopy has grown city-wide over the last five years, tree cover in city parks is declining. Since 2007, 60 acres of tree cover has been lost, and Seattle is turning to volunteers and public-private partnerships to help plant new trees (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
  • Great Britain is conducting a national survey to create a holistic well-being index to supplement narrower measures such as GDP. Early responses show that the recipe for happiness is pretty simple, and often includes nearby parks (The Telegraph)
  • A debate featured in The New York Times about shrinking cities highlights how parks can replace vacant shopping centers, increase property values and provide environmental benefits (The New York Times)
  • East Palo Alto, a park-poor and economically distressed city of 33,000, will soon have a new 9-acre bayfront park, built atop a long-vacant peninsula formed from incinerated trash (Peninsula Press)
  • Atlanta’s Piedmont Park just opened a 53-acre expansion, supplanting invasive kudzu with a fountain, wetlands, a boardwalk, and an open lawn. It will be a welcome addition to the well-used park, which currently receives about 3 million visitors per year (WABE)

One Response

  1. Piedmont Park is a tremendous asset for Atlanta. Midtown-area residents flock to the park daily and others from throughout the region make special trips to enjoy the enormous green space that includes both passive and active recreational opportunities.

    I was not around in Atlanta when the 1996 Olympic Games were here, but it is hard to imagine the city without Piedmont Park in the shape it is currently in. I’m told that the park in the early to mid ’90s was a total mess and eventually led to the creation of the Piedmont Park Conservancy which has overseen its amazing turnaround.

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