By Setha Low, Dana Taplin, Suzanne Scheld

A learn of 5 significant city parks, together with New York's Prospect Park and Philadelphia's Independence nationwide ancient Park, that gives a blueprint for selling and retaining cultural range in parks around the globe.

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The contrast between Riis Park and Orchard Beach also illustrates how different management structures respond to changing demographics among users. On the one hand, Riis Park reflects the strengths of the National Park System in its planning processes. In ethnographic research alone, Gateway commissioned an ethnographic needs assessment for Riis and other park units in 1995, followed in 2000 by the rapid ethnographic assessment procedures (REAP) we conducted for Riis Park. NPS also has rigorous yet innovative criteria for protecting historic cultural resources.

The bestrepresented neighborhoods in the sample were Park Slope (24%), Flatbush (13%), Kensington (10%), Crown Heights (8%), and Prospect Heights (6%), which are all adjacent to the park. Research on Race and Ethnicity in Parks Researchers working toward social justice are almost naturally drawn to investigating racial and class differences in multicultural urban settings. These efforts typically find resources to be unevenly distributed, though not necessarily as a result of deliberate park policies.

Generally they would like to see more tree-shaded space made available at Riis Park for picnics. 2 It would appear that park hybrids such as Gateway may not work as well as hoped. Funding within the National Park System is allocated by priority: important parks with national constituencies rank highest. A park like Jacob Riis Park, which has no constituency outside New York City, ranks lower. There have been calls to return Jacob Riis Park to the city park system, where it would have relatively greater stature.

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