What is micro-connectivity?


We often hear about shopping local, eating local food, farm to table. Well, this is about making small and sometimes simple connections to your existing parks. These small connections can be great ways to breathe life into your park and to increase park opportunities for residents and neighbors.

In this course we are not talking about multi-million dollar greenway connections, we are talking about identifying small but critical opportunities. These are opportunities to connect people to your parks and park to people. These may be things like improving sidewalks to finding a drainage easement. Now more than ever people need to access parks. Lets make it easier for people to get to your park!

Peter Harnik


Peter Harnik is the founder of the Center for City Park Excellence at the Trust for Public Land, which he directed until his retirement in 2016. Previous to Urban Green, he authored Inside City Parks, a book about the park and recreation systems of the 25 largest U.S. cities. He was co-creator of the ParkScore methodology of rating urban park systems across the nation and co-founder of City Parks Alliance. Previous to TPL, he was co-founder of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and coordinator of Environmental Action, Inc. He is currently writing a history of the rails-to-trails movement in the United States.

Carol Evans

Carol Evans is the Executive Director of Legacy Parks Foundation in Knoxville, TN. Under her leadership she has guided new investments in the outdoors in Knoxville and has transformed Knoxville into an Outdoor Destination.

Rick Wood


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Bob Richards

Bob Richards

Bob is the owner of Bobs Trails, but Bob spent over 20 years working for the State of Tennessee advising, working and sometimes wrestling for more and better greenways in the State.

Learning Objectives


  1. After this class students will know specific things to look for when analyzing opportunities to connect neighbors to parks.
  2. Students will have a good understanding of the research that shows the positive impact parks have on people and residential areas;
  3. Students will review specific case studies and be able to apply principles to their own project;
  4. Attendees will see a variety of ways to physically connect parks to people;


Mapping


Analyzing the area surrounding your park is the first step to identifying connection possibilities.

Strengthen the Connection


We will look at all sorts of creative and simple ways to make the connections stronger and more successful.

Concerned Neighbors


Neighbors might become concerned if they hear about being connected to a park or greenway. You will have data and examples that will help with concerns.

Example Curriculum

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EXAMPLE

Case Study: Stringers Ridge Connector

Learn more about a live project and how this connector is coming together and will connect residents.

Case Study: Athens TN

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Case Study: Knoxville, TN


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Small but Critical


You will walk away with specific ideas on where to look for these small and sometimes inexpensive connections that will provide easy access to your parks!