Lawrence Learning Journey

Lawrence bridge

Great Neighborhoods Network Lawrence Learning Journey, September 26th, 2013. 

Thanks to all who attended the Great Neighborhoods Network event in Lawrence, MA.

A special Thank You to our hosts Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence CommunityWorks, the North Canal Coalition and the City of Lawrence Community Development Department.

See the Lawrence Learning Journey Agenda

View Powerpoint Presentation by tour host Groundwork Lawrence.


Mark your Calendars for these upcoming Network Events:

Placemaking: ‘ Making it Happen’ New England Training and Forum with Project for Public Spaces (October 7-8, 2013)

Great Neighborhoods Somerville Learning Journey (October 29, 2013)

Register now for the Massachusetts Smart Growth Conference presented by the MSGA during ABX (ArchitectureBoston Expo) (November 20th)


Further Resources from the Network

Nancy Goodman, Vice-President for Policy at the Environmental League of Massachusetts wanted to share with the network this recently published report (September 2013) from the Trust for Public Land on “The Return on Investment in Parks and Open Space in Massachusetts.”

Executive Summary

The Trust for Public Land conducted an economic analysis of the return on the Commonwealth’s investment in land conservation through a variety of state funding programs and found that every $1 invested in land conservation returned $4 in natural goods and services to the Massachusetts economy. In addition, land conservation funded by the Commonwealth supports key industries that depend on the availability of high-quality protected land and water. Massachusetts has also been successful in leveraging funding support from other sources, expanding the impact of the
Commonwealth’s investment. A summary of the key findings and the benefits of parks and open space investments by Massachusetts is presented in the report available here: