Community Participatory Planning for Neighborhood Parks in Syracuse, New York

Authors: Thandar Zone*, Syracuse University
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Land Use and Land Cover Change, United States
Keywords: planning geospatial community parks landscape architect participatory planning
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Technology advancements have democratized geospatial tools, making geospatial information more accessible, facilitating greater public involvement, and promoting theories of participatory planning. Examples of technology advancements are Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), which are open source maps and online digital maps. Moreover, this increasing democratization of geospatial data allows marginalized and excluded community groups to contribute values, ideas, and visions on neighborhood enhancements and policymaking processes. As a result, there has been an increase in demand for public participation in decision and policy making to create more inclusive neighborhoods and neighborhoods that better serve their population. Focusing on participatory planning within the community geography space, Syracuse Community Geography (SCG) used GIS, focus groups, surveying methods, and graphical analysis to collaborate with a landscape architect on renovating a neighborhood park. SCG utilized GIS to pinpoint immediate neighbors and surrounding neighbors of Barry Park. Following the methods of participatory planning, SCG contacted neighbors to ensure their input would be recorded in renovation making decisions. Afterwards, SCG performed different methods of data collection to capture a holistic view on Barry Park improvements and the affected persons.

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