City parks play a vital role in the social, economic, and physical well-being of America’s cities and their residents. Nearly 80 percent of the American population lives in urban areas (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2016). As cities continue to grow, planners, elected officials, and community advocates are taking a fresh look at parks and their potential to help address critical urban infrastructure and public health issues. City parks provide access to recreational opportunities, increase property values, spur local economies, improve safety, and mitigate stormwater runoff and other environmental threats. Parks are now recognized as powerful tools for urban communities and local economies to help drive more vibrant and equitable cities.