Long time Pittsboro Parks Blog readers know that the relationship between Parks and Economic Development is one of my favorite topics. I was recently inspired by a recent planning conference to revisit material produced by the American Planning Association. I'm glad that I did because I came across this great white paper which reinforces how beneficial parks are to communities' bottom lines.
I love the fact that the report uses research from non-planning related organizations like the National Association of Home Builders who found that 65 percent of home shoppers surveyed felt that parks would seriously influence them to move to a community.
The full report in pdf format can be found here, and an html version is available here, but a quick executive summary and a list of key points is available below. I'll cover each key point in more detail in subsequent posts.