Cover: Community Engagement as Input to the Design of the Environmental Center at Frick Park and Beyond

Community Engagement as Input to the Design of the Environmental Center at Frick Park and Beyond

Published Nov 8, 2011

by Tamara Dubowitz, Kristy Gonzalez Morganti, Rachel M. Burns, Marla C. Haims

Download eBook for Free

Full Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 1.1 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

Summary Only

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.1 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

In 2011, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy focused its park restoration efforts on the design and development of the new Environmental Center at Frick Park (ECFP) building, paying special attention to underserved communities and children within the vicinity of the park who have not historically participated in environmental education programming at the center. To obtain community group and resident input into the ECFP design, and to acquire information about residents' attitudes toward and use of Frick Park more generally, RAND Corporation researchers conducted community focus groups and brief informal interviews with a total of 81 local residents.

The researchers found that many residents are interested in environmental issues and education and that some currently use Frick Park. However, there is a general lack of awareness of ECFP programs and activities, and there are also many barriers to using the park. The authors offer recommendations for the design of the new building, for the structuring and content of ECFP programs, for improving access to the park and the center, and for successfully marketing park programs.

This work was sponsored by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. The research was conducted in RAND Health, a unit of the RAND Corporation.

This report is part of the RAND technical report series. RAND technical reports may include research findings on a specific topic that is limited in scope or intended for a narrow audience; present discussions of the methodology employed in research; provide literature reviews, survey instruments, modeling exercises, guidelines for practitioners and research professionals, and supporting documentation; or deliver preliminary findings. All RAND reports undergo rigorous peer review to ensure that they meet high standards for research quality and objectivity.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.