Parks provide social, physical and recreational opportunities, as well as offer habitat for wildlife and biodiversity.

Locate smaller parks within short walking distances of the residences they serve. Larger parks serve entire cities, are bounded by public-rights of way and attached to other public uses such as schools and community centers.

Guidelines for parks:

  • Small Parks – 250 m2 to 4,000 m2 (2,500 sf to one acre) within 400 meters (¼ mile) of housing;
  • District Parks – 20,000 m2 to 40,000 m2 (5 to 10 acres) within 400 to 800 meters (¼ mile to ½ mile) of housing;
  • City/Town Parks – 1/8 km2 to 1/5 km2 (30 to 50 acres) within 1 kilometer to 5 kilometers (½ mile to 3 miles) of various districts.

Create open space corridors and greenways that include walking, jogging, and bicycling paths connecting parks and residential areas to places where people work, shop or socialize.