Over three quarters of American’s live in cities and urban areas.  Urban parks have been shown to play a critical role in improving quality of life.  Moreover, Urban parks can address cities’ biggest economic, social, environmental, health, and mobility challenges.   For example, Urban parks can serve multiple benefits, including improving air quality and reducing ambient temperature, reducing traffic, providing storm water management systems, increased health, and increased resilience.   Parks can be one of the most effective infrastructure investments, often resulting in economic impacts and savings that are orders of magnitude more than the investment to build them.

A group of researchers at Georgia Tech are studying 12 Urban parks in American that highlight the significant role that parks play in addressing social, environmental, health, and mobility challenges.