Parks and protected public lands have a multitude of social, health, environmental, and economic benefits. Public parks support and reflect quality of life in a community. They are often where people go to get healthy and stay fit. Parks also improve water quality, prevent flooding, provide habitat for wildlife, as well as a place for children and families to connect with nature. Despite their importance, parks — especially those in lower-income communities — often receive limited funding, creating inequities in access to and benefits from public space.

The Luskin Center for Innovation (LCI) conducts studies and creates guides in support of community-led efforts to maximize the benefits of public spaces for all. Examples follow.