Research Tools: ParkServe Database and Interactive Mapping Website Unveiled by The Trust for Public Land
From the The Trust for Public Land:
The Trust for Public Land recently launched ParkServe, providing free, easy-to-navigate access to the most comprehensive database on parks ever assembled. The site includes information for 14,000 cities with a combined population of more than 260 million.
The ParkServe site lets users measure who does and does not have access to a park within a 10-minute walk and to pinpoint exactly where new parks are most needed. The website’s powerful analytics give city planners tools to guide park improvements while providing residents with information to advocate for parks and hold their leaders accountable.
Visit www.ParkServe.TPL.org, enter the name of a city, and the website automatically generates detailed information about the local park system, including:
- Total number and location of all parks within city limits
- Percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park and how that percentage compares to the national average
- Customizable, printable, and shareable GIS-generated maps that residents can use to advocate for effective park investments
In addition to reporting data at the citywide level for 14,000 municipalities, ParkServe lets users sort information by demographic factors, such as income, ethnicity, and age. This deep analysis helps measure local park equity and identifies ways to fix inequities
ParkServe also includes a “ParkEvaluator”™ tool, which allows users to create virtual parks on city maps and see how the added green space would change park access and equity metrics.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.