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Safe Access to Recreation Opportunities Blueprint Executive Summary Now in Print

GP RED’s Safe Routes to Play initiative was implemented in three communities in Prince George’s County, Maryland in partnership with the Institute for Public Health Innovation. (IPHI) received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Community Transformation Grant (CTG) to reduce chronic disease rates, prevent the development of secondary conditions and address health disparities in Prince George’s County, MD. IPHI focused its efforts on three Prince George’s County communities: Bladensburg/East Riverdale, Langley Park and Suitland/Coral Hills. Safe Routes to Play is licensed under a Creative Commons Attributions-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

In partnership with Prince George’s County Executive’s Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI), the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), GP RED, Wildflower Consulting and the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), IPHI completed an in-depth assessment of connectivity and safety within a study area of a ½ to 1 mile radius around the Bladensburg, Langley Park and Suitland Community Centers.

This collaboration aimed to create safe access to recreation opportunities so that children, youth, and families can confidently walk or bicycle to these locations and feel secure in these spaces. The Blueprint builds upon existing efforts led by state and county officials and proposes a cross-sector action plan focused on improving active living opportunities
within these communities. Click here to view the SARO Executive Summary.

GP RED Think Tank Presentations Now Available on SlideShare!

The 2014 GP RED Think Tank in Estes Park, CO was a great success with more than 40 great minds gathering to share knowledge and best practices in parks & recreation, public health, and land management. We are pleased to share the many thought-provoking presentations provided by our national content experts (click on SlideShare link above to view presentations & please credit GP RED Think Tank when using the slides):

  • Community Health and the Built & Natural Environment
  • Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations
  • New Practices in Management & Trans-Disciplinary Research
  • Progress Not Perfection: Thriving During Stress
  • To the Rescue: Parks & Recreation in Disaster/Operation Recreation Response
  • Connecting the Dots: Innovation & Connections for Progress

 Handouts from the 2014 GP RED Think Tank are also available:

GP RED was founded to fully recognize and expand research, education, and resource development activities for community “quality of life” agencies. The work of GP RED supports and provides opportunities for health, recreation and land management agencies, along with the associations and universities that support them, to work collaboratively and proactively to identify and fill gaps in knowledge and practical resources.  GP RED is a tax exempt public charity under the 501(c) (3) codes of the IRS.




Operation Recreation Response (ORR) is an official partnership of Save the Children, the Foundation for Sustainable Parks and Recreation (FSPR) and GP RED. ORR  is seeking highly-motivated Parks and recreation professionals to launch the Operation Recreation Response Volunteer Corps and help keep children safe during U.S. emergencies.

Organizational and Leadership Development Workshops, offering trends based practical guidance and training to parks and recreation agency leaders and support staff in financial sustainability, building healthy communities, Complete Streets, organizational excellence, agency positioning and high-level service delivery.  

USFS Children’s Forest Corridor Project, a collaborative effort with the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Division that will link parks and nature centers to create a cohesive network of outdoor spaces along the South Platte River, near downtown Denver. A website for resource sharing will also be developed.

Safe Routes To Play, a child-centered active transportation initiative helping communities develop active transportation access to parks, recreation facilities and natural areas for children and families.

Healthy Communities Research Group  – Surveillance & Management Toolkit Project, a team of national experts working with universities and local parks and recreation departments have developed an assessment tool to enhance parks and recreation agency effectiveness, influence active living behaviors in 10-14 year olds, and position agencies as public health providers.

RedLine Survey, a trends oriented e-survey of practitioners around the country on hot topics such as management strategies, facility use and design, succession planning, user fees, measuring park carrying capacity. Send us an email to be included in the next RedLine Survey, at

Whole Measures for Parks & Recreation, a values-based community visioning process and measurement tool focused on universal access to public lands, social equity in parks and recreation service delivery, and sustaining natural resources.

GP RED National Think Tank, a multi-sector convening of the leading thinkers in parks, recreation, land management, public health, planning, transportation, healthy community design, and related research. Held every other year in the Denver metro area, participants travel from around the country to engage in conversations to advance healthy community design, share resources, and become inspired.