Current Initiatives

GP RED is actively developing tools and resources for use by parks and recreation agencies, planners, transportation professionals, public health practitioners, and other disciplines dedicated to building healthy and whole communities.

Currently GP RED is involved in the following initiatives:

NewsyoucanuseMastheadGP RED “News You Can Use” Newsletter

GP RED “News You Can Use”, a timely compendium of articles, resources and trends to help parks and recreation professionals, academics, planners, and public health practitioners advance the work of building healthy and whole communities.

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GP RED National Think Tank

GP RED National Think Tank, an invitational gathering of the leading minds in parks, recreation, land use and public health to discuss innovations and actions for building healthy and whole communities. See resources section for Powerpoints and other resources.

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Healthy Communities Research Group

GP_RED_HCRG-SMT-logoHealthy 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. Alpha and Beta test sites are underway in Indiana and Missouri.

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ORROperation Recreation Response (ORR)

The Operation Recreation Response (ORR) initiative 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.

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Organizational & Leadership Development Workshops

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.

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REDline Surveys

Redline-logo-JR1REDline 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

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SafeRoutesToPlay-1Safe Routes To Play

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. Safe Routes to Play projects are ongoing in Colorado, New Hampshire, and Maryland.

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USFS Children’s Forest Corridor Project

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.

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whole measures-2Whole Measures for Parks & Recreation

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.

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Research Brief #6Research Briefs

GP RED publishes Research Briefs that are journalistic summaries of the current state of research and/or methods as they relate to promoting health in community settings. Research Briefs highlight and present overviews of significant studies, programs, and policies using evidence-based approaches. They are aimed at practitioners as a summary of a single study that may or may not have been previously published, or a synopsis/review of research relative to a topic with an emphasis on what the research means and how to use it in the management of services. 

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photovoiceYouth Engagement Strategies Workshop

Teaching the tools of PhotoVoice, a participatory research tool in which youth take photographs in their community, Umap, a community mapping tool created by Dr. Pamela Wridt of the Children’s Environments Research Group and youth surveys designed to show physical activity and nutrition preferences, the two day Youth Engagement Strategies Workshop helps community leaders and practitioners engage the youth voice in community planning.

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