Nature-Based Placemaking is an integrated theory that utilizes a community’s natural, outdoor recreational assets, the recreational activities associated with those resources, and the potential economic impact of those activities on the communities involved. It is the next generation of an outdoor-based revitalization strategy.
Journey across the state of Pennsylvania to see the real, on the ground impact of outdoor recreation. Traversing trail communities and gathering perspectives from all aspects – small business owners, investors, thought leaders in entrepreneurship and trail culture – this piece illustrates how nature-based placemaking can improve the economic vitality, quality of life, and sense of place within a community.
This is about more than just a physical connection between a town and a recreational asset – it’s a vehicle for the entire community to be embraced and cultivated.
Photo of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania by Smallbones via Wikipedia.