Commercial District Design: Trails and Parks

August 10, 2020 | Commercial District Design: Trails and Parks | 

Studies have shown that outdoor recreation in trails and parks offers positive economic, health, and quality of life benefits. As people increasingly use trails and parks for socially-distanced recreation, local leaders have a unique opportunity to help funnel new economic benefits into their local commercial districts. This can either mean promoting new businesses or amenities that directly support people using trails and parks, or helping existing businesses offer new services or products that are targeted towards an influx of new customers.

This brief, produced in collaboration with AARP Livable Communities, focuses on the connections between trails, parks, and the local economy, and explores how local leaders can maximize the benefits of these connections in their COVID-19 response and management.


About the Series: Produced in collaboration between Main Street America and AARP Livable Communities, Commercial District Design: COVID-19 Response and Management is a series of design-centered briefs developed to equip community leaders with safe, equitable, age-friendly strategies to support economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. View the full series here.


Disclaimer: This material has been prepared for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for legal, insurance, liability, tax, or accounting advice. You should consult your own legal, insurance, tax, and accounting advisors for guidance on these matters. Photos may have been taken before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, and not depict our current reality of the need to socially distance.