Guide for Designing Parks

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE RESOURCE GUIDE | III INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1 OVERVIEW...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 1 HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE........................................................................................................................................................................................... 2 GREEN STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE ................................................................................................................................................................... 3 COMMON GREEN STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE PRACTICES FOR PARK SETTINGS.................................................................................. 4 PRE-PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT ............................................................................................................................................................................... 7 PARK CONTEXT.............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 7 SITE CONSIDERATIONS............................................................................................................................................................................................... 9 FUNDING CONSIDERATIONS..................................................................................................................................................................................... 13 BEST PRACTICES ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 15 SITE DESIGN ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 17 BEST PRACTICE: INVOLVE A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM.............................................................................................................................. 18 BEST PRACTICE: LISTEN TO AND EMPOWER THE COMMUNITY.................................................................................................................... 19 BEST PRACTICE: UNDERSTAND AND COMMUNICATE THE BENEFITS........................................................................................................... 21 BEST PRACTICE: DESIGN FOR EQUITY AND INCLUSIVITY............................................................................................................................. 22 BEST PRACTICE: ESTABLISH A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT.......................................................................................................................... 24 BEST PRACTICE: SUPPORT PUBLIC HEALTH.................................................................................................................................................... 25 BEST PRACTICE: PLAN FOR CONNECTIVITY AND ACCESSIBILITY................................................................................................................ 26 BEST PRACTICE: ENSURE DESIGNS ARE “BIDDABLE” AND “BUILDABLE”.................................................................................................. 27 SITE CONSTRUCTION ............................................................................................................................................................................................... 29 BEST PRACTICE: ENSURE PARKS STAFF AND CONTRACTORS ARE TRAINED AND EXPERIENCED IN GREEN STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE INSTALLATION........................................................................................................................ 30 BEST PRACTICE: CREATE CAREER PATHWAYS FOR LOW-INCOME AND SOCIALLY EXCLUDED COMMUNITIES......................................................................................................................................................... 31 BEST PRACTICE: KEEP THE PUBLIC INFORMED AND INVOLVED DURING CONSTRUCTION.................................................................... 33 SITE MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION ................................................................................................................................................................. 35 BEST PRACTICE: ENSURE EFFECTIVE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES............................................................................... 36 BEST PRACTICE: ENGAGE COMMUNITY IN INSPECTION, OPERATIONS, AND MAINTENANCE................................................................. 37 BEST PRACTICE: INCORPORATE GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS INTO ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMMING........................................................................................................................................................... 38 APPENDICES: APPENDIX A: PROCESS TO COMPLETION CHECKLIST.................................................................................................................................... 40 APPENDIX B: ADDITIONAL RESOURCES............................................................................................................................................................ 41 ENDNOTES ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 45 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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