My SB Parks and Trails Projects

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  • South Bend
  • City of South Bend

With the creations of a $40 million dollar park investment, South Bend utilized mapping to determine where and how to invest. The city government began to examine access, equity, and ecological quality. The city did not rely on professional analysts and instead it used these maps to reach out to the community. Posted signs in the parks invited community comments through both unstructured voice and data responses with the Map My South Bend Park tool. These responses were connected to the proposed plan, thus increasing localized spatial input about the average park user’s age and whether park visitors thought equity and design were being adequately addressed.


The City Plan, The Parks Master Plan, The Coal Line Trail Plan and Riverfront Parks and Trail Plan, plus hundreds of hours of community forums, neighborhood meetings, and focus groups.


The Trust for Public Land