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Evaluation Builds
Park-Use Stories
Park and recreation experts provide new park-use data on Catherine Street
Park more than two years after its Parks Build Community
By J. Aaron Hipp, Ph.D., William Beam,
Kat Deutsch and Christopher Dunstan
T
timore
fanfare
NRPA
he past two years have seen many changes within parks and recreation.
Overall, use of our park and recreation resources appear
to have increased, in some cases dramatically (tinyurl.com/
btwutc2t). But without proper and consistent evaluation, stories of
our park use, and who is benefiting and where, are difficult to tell.
Catherine Street Park in Balreopened
kick
with
to
off
the
great
2019
Annual Conference
(tinyurl.com/2p9yfh3x). The twoacre
park received upgraded and
expanded playground equipment,
a splash pad, and swing sets, in
addition to a new basketball court,
outdoor fitness equipment, seating,
and new fencing and signage
(tinyurl.com/35t8ar7e). This Parks
Build Community effort was different
from previous ones, as it includes
a five-year evaluation spanning
from 2018 to 2023 (tinyurl.
com/8tht5cee). The important decision
was made in 2018, prior to
the beginning of Catherine Street
Park renovations, to include a comparison
park. By evaluating Catherine
Street Park and a nearby park
with similar amenities and located
in a neighborhood with similar demographics,
we can be more confident
that any changes in use and
behaviors in and around Catherine
Street Park are associated with the
park improvements rather than other,
external forces, such as a global
pandemic. For instance, the coronavirus
(COVID-19)
pandemic
and Baltimore City Recreation and
Parks' associated alerts, policies,
closings and reopenings should impact
both parks equally. With the
parks located only one mile apart,
the same is true for weather, public
transit policy, bike and electric
scooter share programs, and more.
Evaluation Methods
The timing of the evaluation effort
has been both fortuitous and challenging.
The investment in both a
comparison park and five years of
evaluation allow for better understanding
of changes in park use
at Catherine Street Park, as well
as behaviors in the surrounding
community - such as perceptions
of safety, community support and
access to the park. However, due
to university research restrictions
to minimize community and researcher
exposure to COVID-19,
in-person evaluation efforts were
canceled during 2020. Again,
deciding in 2018 to invest the resources
in a long-term evaluation
of the park minimizes the disruption
that a one-year pause may
cause in the evidence-based stories
we are able to tell with our data
evaluation. There always will be
challenges to evaluation, including
human and capital resources,
but consistency in methods and
measures can help overcome disruptions
and challenges.
In addition to the decision to include
a comparison park, it also
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