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Communities across the
nation are reinventing themselves. It can happen where you live too. Think of the possibilities of turning neglected rivers and streams into community assets for boating, fishing, or quiet reflection; little known historic sites into attractive centers for recreation with displays, tours, and events; abandoned rail corridors into greenways with trails, flowers, and trees; and disconnected neighborhoods into revitalized community places with benches, parks, and gardens.

You have the vision, but where do you start?

The National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program is always exploring new ways to help communities work together to improve their special places. There is no magic; there are simply some tried and true methods we have learned from the communities where we work. These have become the tools of our trade. Together they form our ToolBox for public participation.

Collaborate to rebuild your community Ė and donít forget your ToolBox!


This collection of techniques can help you get organized to turn your vision into reality.

There are a number of ways to use the ToolBox. Look at the checklist for ideas and options. Get an introduction to some new techniques or get a refresher on some you may have used before. The ToolBox can even be used as a blueprint for building a strategy for a project.


For more information about the Community Toolbox contact: