photo: Peter Myers


Great River Passage Conservancy is a proud member of The High Line Network, a group of infrastructure reuse projects—and the people who help them come to life. As cities become denser and land for traditional parks becomes more scarce, residents are finding creative ways to bring greenspace to their neighborhoods. Projects in the High Line Network transform underutilized infrastructure into new urban landscapes.

Great River Passage Conservancy was selected as one of six organizations to participate in the High Line Network’s year-long Equitable Impacts Framework pilot in 2021, consisting of six months working with Harvard GSD on foundational equity research and recommendations, and six months with Urban Institute on an equity plan strategy. The report compiled from this work can be viewed below.

As a result of the Equitable Impacts Framework pilot, the High Line Network produced the Community First Toolkit, designed to help park organizations address inequities caused by infrastructural racism, and shape public spaces that bring social, environmental, and economic benefits to our communities. Our case study is one of many included in the toolkit.