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Partnerships for Parks: Lessons from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Urban Parks Program

About This Report

In 1994, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund launched a major national initiative to increase the quality and quantity of urban parks for public use, especially in underserved neighborhoods. Over four years, the Fund has invested $16 million to help create, restore, or improve 20 parks and greenways in cities across the country, and enable five major metropolitan parks to make substantial improvements to their grounds and public programs and to support their efforts to enhance stewardship.

This report, part of an ongoing evaluation being conducted by the Urban Institute, in Washington, D.C., looks at partnerships between public agencies and nonprofit groups, a key feature in the design and implementation of 12 improvement projects the Fund supported during the first phase of its parks initiative. With municipal parks departments under constant fiscal pressure, private nonprofit organizations bring essential new skills and resources to park design management, programming, and stewardship.

On the following pages, Urban Institute evaluators explore these public-private partnerships and discuss emerging lessons. We offer these findings to inform those involved in similar work to develop urban parks as well as to individuals who may find the lessons derived from this analysis applicable to their work. We hope this information offers valuable insights and useful suggestions related to designing, developing, and sustaining healthy and effective partnerships across a range of endeavors.

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