Do Our Parks Do What They Are Supposed to Do?

Central Park, the lake

Overview

Students analyze primary source images and texts to investigate Frederick Law Olmsted’s theories of park purpose, design and development, then use what they’ve learned to assess a local park. Students may then make a proposal to the applicable local agency to preserve or renovate a park they identified.

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Grade

Middle School

Subjects

Civics, Science, Social Studies

Length

120-160 minutes

Topics

C3 Inquiry, earth and human activity, Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape architecture, park preservation, park renovation, public parks

Author

TPS Eastern Region

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