Urban parks aren’t extra amenities for cities – they provide fundamental roles that improve quality of life and save money. Nearly 80% of Americans live in cities and metropolitan areas. Increasingly, those cities are challenged by aging water and transportation systems that are nearing or exceeding their designed capacity. A new focus on flood and other natural disaster resilience is driving city planners to leverage mixed-use infrastructure, including parks, to address civic needs while taking advantage of cost savings and other social benefits. See the full article in "Changing America" by Catherine Nagel, Executive Director, City Parks Alliance by clicking here.