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Why parks and natural areas are "need to haves" as the Twin Cities grows

Date: 02/15/2010

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: 100 Rapson Hall

Cost: Free


“Why parks and natural areas are ‘need to haves’ as the Twin Cities grows” lecture by Jenna Fletcher

Intuitively we know—and study after study confirms it—that parks, natural areas and trails are among citizens’ most valued community amenities. In this challenging economic climate, however, funding is often cut because they are perceived as “nice to haves.” Fletcher will look at why parks, natural areas and trails should be considered “need to haves” due to their economic and community development impact. Embrace Open Space’s research on residential home values shows a significant “open space premium” for homes located near parks, natural areas, and trails. Fletcher will also examine emerging health and open space research, and explore the climate-smart aspects of temperature-moderating open spaces in the context of denser development patterns.


  • Name: Laura Walton
  • E-mail: lwalton@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-6385
  • Sponsored by: College of Design

More information: http://design.umn.edu/events

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Laura Walton, College of Design, at 612-626-6385 at lwalton@umn.edu.

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