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Reclaiming Brownfields: Highlights from the Groundwork USA Network

Parks and play spaces. Greenways for walking and biking. Community gardens and urban farms. Restored habitat and waterways. Green infrastructure for stormwater management. Across the country, the Groundwork USA network works hand-in-hand with local residents and partners to transform brownfields into the kinds of assets healthy communities need and want, often utilizing area-wide planning methods and practices.

Reclaiming Brownfields coverSince 2000, Groundwork Trusts have worked with communities to reclaim or improve contaminated, vacant, and derelict properties, helping to drive long-term economic development and enhance residents’ health and quality of life.

This report looks at some of the most exciting brownfields planning and reuse projects Groundwork Trusts are undertaking nationally and outlines the ways Groundwork USA is helping revitalize brownfields-affected communities.

Pages 7 to 9 highlight how Groundwork Trusts in Indianapolis, Indiana and Lawrence, Massachusetts are working in neighborhoods engaged in brownfields area-wide planning, but at very different stages of the process.

Download Reclaiming Brownfields: Highlights from the Groundwork USA Network report.