Results of a Survey of Dedicated Park Managers
Signature parks help to define their cities and generate substantial civic, economic, and fiscal value.
City Parks Alliance and HR&A surveyed 58 dedicated park stewardship organizations across North America, selected by the high levels of visitation that their parks receive, their location in major cities, and/or membership in City Parks Alliance.
What is the legal and organizational profile of a dedicated park steward? What roles do dedicated park stewards serve? How much do dedicated park stewards spend to operate signature city parks? What are the sources of funds most commonly used to support signature city parks? Where are there opportunities for improvement?
These were some of the core questions embedded in the detailed survey, which was administered online. 19 organizations responded (a 33% response rate), representing a wide array of parks and cities of all sizes across the country, as well as organizations both public and private.