7. Celebrate the Opening

Attend an event to commemorate the opening of your park.


A fun event attracts community members to come back and enjoy the park after it’s been closed for construction.


A capital project generally takes from 1 to 3 years. Staying involved until the new park opens takes commitment and hard work; now it’s time to celebrate!


Work with Parks to schedule an official ribbon cutting and help bring people out! Help Parks throw a great, well-attended celebration and use the opening festivities to reflect on community involvement in the capital project.

  • Thank the elected official(s) who funded the capital project.
  • Invite the people whose input you gathered and share with them how they helped inform the design.
  • Honor a designer who made a special effort to collaborate with the community.
  • Most important, inspire attendees to stay involved.


Learn how to plan a successful park event.

Useful Tools

Park Stories

Gather oral histories to capture what makes the park special.


Learn what people want for the park through brief, one-on-one interviews.

Wish Objects

Invite people to express their vision for the park on paper objects cut into playful shapes.

Success Stories