City of Wilkes-Barre: Comprehensive Planning for Open Space Redevelopment
In 2015, the National Resource Network partnered with the City of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to assess challenges facing the economic growth and vibrancy of the city’s downtown area, including crime. Following a recent rash of violence, the Network connected City leaders with resources at the U.S. Department of Justice to explore crime reduction strategies.
The Network’s initial assessment also identified Public Square, a three-acre park at the heart and geographic center of downtown, as a major opportunity for downtown revitalization. The Network’s assessment was followed closely by a more targeted engagement that focused on Public Square. In this phase, the Network developed a capital, operation, and maintenance funding strategy for the redevelopment of the open space.
The Network’s engagement team in Wilkes-Barre was led by Network consortium member HR&A.
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