Winter Placemaking Guide

The Winter Placemaking Guide is dedicated to community leaders, policymakers and all types of community changemakers who seek to improve their surroundings during the winter season.

by 8-80 Cities


The Winter Placemaking Guide seeks to address the distinct winter challenges that communities of all sizes experience, offering practical solutions to create more equitable, engaging and age-friendly public spaces during the winter season. Using an equity-based approach, this guide provides the inspiration and tools needed for community change makers to leverage existing public space assets and embrace winter placemaking.

The Winter Placemaking Guide is an addendum to the Creating Parks and Public Spaces for People of All Ages publication that AARP, The Trust for Public Land and 8 80 Cities have published.


By using this guide, community changemakers become better equipped to advance the livability of their communities during winter. Applying an all-age and -ability inclusive winter lens will help decision-makers and community champions establish equitable processes in design, programming, and management of public spaces in winter. When people in communities of all sizes make their spaces inviting and accessible in the darkest and coldest months of the year for people of all ages and abilities, they create communities that work better for all.

Attached document published September 2021

About the Author

We are a non-profit organization. We bring citizens together to enhance mobility and public space to create more vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities. Our mission is to ignite action and challenge the status quo to create healthier, more equitable, and sustainable cities for all people.

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