The Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces program addresses public spaces and their role in enhancing the quality of place by helping regions, communities and neighborhoods plan and prepare for a sustainable future. Our Indiana-based curriculum is designed for use by decision-makers and local leaders who are involved in the services, programs or management of public spaces. The Enhancing program provides a framework for taking a holistic and participatory approach to collecting data on community assets and using that data to design a high-quality action plan that guides generating a positive and sustainable impact on public spaces.
In Indiana, community leaders make decisions about public spaces such as parks, trails, farmers markets, schools, and Main Streets every day that affect the health and wellness of the community. Using Purdue Extension’s Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces: Creating Healthy Communities program, facilitators coach communities through development of a high quality action plan for their public spaces. The plan can guide decisions and better position communities to take advantage of opportunities to promote healthy eating and active living.