GAI Celebrates Parks!

July is Park and Recreation Month, which was established in 1985 by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to promote how the “power of parks” can help create strong, vibrant, inclusive, and healthy communities. With local events held throughout the month, Park and Recreation Month culminates with Park and Recreation Professionals Day, recognized on the third Friday each July.

Parks Benefit People…and So Much More!

GAI’s multidisciplinary park professionals—including landscape architects, planners, engineers, and economists—understand the many meaningful ways in which parks create stronger communities. Parks bring a diversity of people together, contribute to environmental sustainability, support local economic growth, and, notably, increase public health and well-being. The average American spends only 7% of their life outdoors; however, according to a June 2019 scientific report published on the journal website,1 spending at least 2 hours per week in nature has been recognized as an effective way to relieve stress, improve one’s mental health, and reduce the risks of certain physical health conditions. Over the past decade, research has explored the link between nature and better health out of which has come the growing trend of doctors prescribing “park prescriptions” and the establishment of a non-profit program that encourages patients young and old to spend more time outside.

Get Outside Today!

At GAI, we believe that a successful parks system is a key to the health of great communities and those within it. Below is a roundup of some noteworthy GAI park projects, which further demonstrate our commitment to creating active, diverse, sustainable, and authentic places. This July—and every other month—we invite you to go outside and connect with the environment, the community, and each other.

To learn more about our parks experience, click on a project below:

Lake Lorna Doone Park Barboursville Park Ocoee Unity Park Clay Center
Sculpture Garden
Lake Eola Park
Master Plan
Rolling Hills
Community Park
Wauwatosa Village
Streetscapes and Parks
Stephens Park
Valley Park
Downtown Maitland
Master Plan
Liberty Green Park Victory Pointe Park


Contact Pete Sechler, PLA, AICP, MBA at 321.319.3126 for more information about the GAI Community Solutions Group’s range of urban planning, landscape architecture and design, and economics and strategy services.

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