Communities across the nation are reinventing themselves. It can happen where you live too. Think of the possibilities of turning neglected rivers and streams into community assets for boating, fishing, or quiet reflection; little known historic sites into attractive centers for recreation with displays, tours, and events; abandoned rail corridors into greenways with trails, flowers, and trees; and disconnected neighborhoods into revitalized community places with benches, parks, and gardens.
You have the vision, but where do you start?
The National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program is always exploring new ways to help communities work together to improve their special places. There is no magic; there are simply some tried and true methods we have learned from the communities where we work. These have become the tools of our trade. Together they form our ToolBox for public participation.