The GRASP® Component Based method for Level of Service analysis has been the gold standard of community park system evaluation processes. By adding an important element to this proven process, GRASP® Active equates parks and park access to physical activity and public health. This new process combines the latest research in performance metrics and public health indicators with GRASP® which measures quantity, quality, and distribution across a system.
Planners have traditionally relied on normative standards rather than evidence to determine time and distance relationships associated with walkability. We test the basic assumptions about walking speed and distance in the built environment. See our suggested guidelines for planning for walkability in your community..
Community land use plans provide tangible public health benefits, but these benefits can be difficult to measure and prove. A new research-based methodology now allows city planners to provide meaningfully innovative programs with scientific data to prove their contribution to public health improvements.
Park and trail systems planners, public health professionals, city planners leaders, and community leaders are committed to improving public health. Researchers at North Carolina State University and the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention have determined eight metrics city planners need to understand to effectively utilize their park and trail systems to improve public health.