A urban sustainable development game that challenges you to design a park in New York City.
This urban planning and land use game focuses on important issues facing New York City, while challenging the player to plan and build their own park in the city. Playing the game involves important decision-making choices: identifying an appropriate plot of land from a variety of choices such as: building and sustaining public support; raising funding and noting political challenges and obstacles. Player’s choices help facilitate the building of the ideal sustainable green space.
Players click on issues and see the park’s building progression develop according to their choices. You have to identify locations for park site from various locations in New York City, such as: the top of Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island; waterfront piers of Red Hook and Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, High Line; an abandoned, elevated railway in Manhattan; on a site for storing natural gas in Queens, and the area along a polluted river in the South Bronx. You are challenged with building broader support to achieve the park goal and financing factors. Nature vs. decreation (striking a balance) decisions are involved.
Other choice factors include cars vs. pedestrians; dogs; infrastructure decisions such as: playgrounds vs. skateboard ramps or bocce ball courts for senior citizens; playground equipment; food and concessions such as food cart decisions. Players must consider the problem of litter that is generated by food consumption in their park. Players are also confronted with the issues of restroom cleanliness, maintenance, including graffiti, and park crime. Park safety issues must be addressed, and physical changes must be considered from lighting, installation of 911 emergency call boxes, bush trimming, increased police patrolling, and focus on activities to encourage park visitors.
When you finish building your park you are congratulated and presented with further on-going maintenance challenges: lobbying politicians for support and funding; organizing volunteers to keep the park sustainable; negotiate conflicts between various site-user interests and continuous financial challenges. Players develop an appreciation for good decision-making choices and sustained interests in keeping the park viable and sustainable.