Comuniparques: An E.P.I.C. Cross-Border Collaboration
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
The main objectives of this project were to: increase access to green areas; create safe public spaces; establish strong community participation to guarantee the permanence of the program; give local community members access to more sustainable practices through workshops; and redesign the parks utilizing a sustainable approach while tending to the community´s wants and needs. The program was ultimately implemented in three parks out of an original selection of 13. The Comuniparques program ended in late 2016 due to administrative turnover in Tijuana following the election of a new city mayor.
The paper will further describe the specific participation of each institution, emphasizing the special cross-border collaboration between SDSU’s Sage Project and the local participants; the program’s implementation process; the level of community engagement; and results obtained by the end of the program.