Using our unique Placemaking approach, PPS offers technical assistance and a range of support services to communities building new parks or revitalizing existing ones.

Technical Assistance

  • We begin by achieving a clear understanding of how people use existing or new public spaces through a variety of methods, including detailed user analysis, targeted interviews, stakeholder meetings and public workshops.
  • We facilitate the creation of a common vision using a community-based workshop process to share views and generate ideas.
  • We translate the ideas generated in public forums into an intricate program of uses and activities.
  • We use the program to create a concept plan reflecting the character and amenities that will create the destinations and support the activities envisioned by the community.

Support Services:

  • Education, training, and conferences for both communities and professionals. This includes PPS’s well-known Great Parks/Great Cities conferences, but also special training for state or local parks agencies, citizens groups, or any combination of organizations.
  • Research into models and practices that advance the understanding of what works for parks and what doesn’t. In 2000, PPS released Public Parks, Private Partners, a book of case studies on how partnerships have worked to revitalize urban parks in the U.S. Previous publications include, from our partnership with the National Park Service, User Analysis: An Approach to Park Planning and Management and Film in User Analysis.
  • Web-based resources. With help from the Wallace-Reader’s Digest Funds, PPS developed the content in the “Parks” section of this website. The “Resources” menu on the right side of this page is your passport to a trove of information on design, management, funding, and many more topics to help you improve your local parks.


Phil Myrick is the Director of PPS’s Parks Program.

How PPS Can Help Your Park was last modified: March 6th, 2012 by Project for Public Spaces
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