For the first time in human history, more than half the world’s people now live in cities. This rapid urbanization is set to continue. Many cities are looking at urban density and considering how to deal with the rapid projected growth. As urbanization continues apace, there will be a growing need for expertise on the role of urban outdoor spaces.
The Institute's newest program aims to realize the potential of parks in urban areas to contribute to the liveability of our cities and the sustainability of our planet by bringing park ideals and values directly to our urban centers, where the majority of the world's population now resides.
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"Thriving and globally competitive cities hoping to draw new residents and businesses need a high quality of life, which includes ample green space. Parks can have... a catalytic effect on the health, environment and economy of a city."
- City Parks Alliance