Story Map

Use an enlarged park map to gather stories, memories, and reflections about people's relationships to the park. Ask people to mark on the map any features or places that are special and should be preserved, and ones that cause problems that should be repaired or removed.

A Story Map offers a more personal way to gather input from teens, adults, and seniors, which further enriches the designer's plans.

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A how-to sheet to create your own!

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More Reasons We Like This Tool

Bright and Colorful

  • Large, printed maps surrounded by art materials attract passersby, ensuring people stop and participate.

Fast and Easy

  • Stories and drawings are quick to do, so it's great when people are in a hurry but still want to give feedback.


  • Use on different days to get input from different park users. Simply print a new map, and you’re ready to go.


  • Bring to future events to let community members, elected officials, and Parks representatives quickly see the information you gathered.


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