Public participation is increasingly recognized as a fundamental component in the success of any project.
Community education and involvement in park planning and design, as well as building and maintenance efforts, strengthen the commitment to the parks and open areas, which reduces urban blight and crime; this is the foundation of Community Based Park Design.
Amigos de los Rios involves the community all along the way, so you wind up with a base of support long after Amigos has stepped out of the project. – Jeff Seymour, Ret. Superintendent, El Monte City School DistrictWe incorporate surveys, interviews, focus groups, community meetings, and other creative participatory processes into our work with the community. Once we have reached a statistically significant number of participants in our outreach, we begin analyzing the response data and incorporating comments into the design. Through the incorporation of the community outreach data and sustainable design principles, Amigos produces conceptual designs for public review and comment. Draft documents are presented to focus groups and local officials and revised prior to presentation to agencies and funding groups.