Currie studied how the design of small urban parks. She learned that “Public parks contribute to neighbourhood quality of life, promote a more public daily life, serve as important focal points for neighbourhoods, and provide access to nearby nature as part of the built environment. . . . This research identified design principles that good, small urban parks share – including accessibility, specificity, authenticity, functionality, and adaptability – applicable in smaller cities, towns, and lower density areas.”
Melissa Currie. 2017. “A Design Framework for Small Parks in Ultra-Urban, Metropolitan, Suburban and Small Town Settings.” Journal of Urban Design, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 76-95.