Increasing Urban Open Space Through Pocket Parks.
Abstract: Pocket parks are the smallest type of park, generally less than
one-half acre. Pocket parks provide the same economic, environmental and public health
benefits that larger parks provide but are unique in that they can be woven into the urban
fabric in even the most developed cities. Even though the existing literature treats pocket
parks as a single type of park, they should be categ... read moreorized into three different types:
Active, Passive and Bonus. Pocket parks can be developed as privately-owned public spaces,
on vacant parcels or in spaces created by public or private development. Municipalities
have a variety of tools available to encourage the development and support of pocket parks.
For example, public-private partnerships can be used to develop and maintain parks, open
space provisions should be included in zoning regulations and communities can elect to
impose dedicated taxes to be used for the development and maintenance of pocket
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Julian Agyeman.
Committee: Jon Witten, and Christine Cousineau.
Keywords: Urban planning, and Land use planning.read less