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Projects and Initiatives

Parks Build Community

Parks Build Community is an ongoing national initiative demonstrating the transformative value of parks and recreation on the health and vitality of communities across America.

  • Shady Lane Park (2013): NRPA is working with partners to complete a Parks Build Community project in Houston, Texas. Shady Lane Park will be transformed into a nature playscape and wetlands restoration areas for the surrounding communities to enjoy. The park dedication will be in October.

  • El Sereno Park (2012): NRPA worked with partners to complete a third Parks Build Community project in the City of Los Angeles. The park was dedicated during the the NRPA Congress and Exposition.

  • Selena Butler Park (2011): NRPA collaborated with partners, including the Atlanta Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, and the Atlanta Housing Authority - and with valuable contributions from sponsors PlayCore, Converse, The Health Education and Communication Center of Atlanta and Superior International Industries - and revitalized Selena Butler Park in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Marvin Gaye Park (2009): For its kick-off project, NRPA collaborated with Washington Parks & People, George Mason University (GMU), and the Washington, D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation to help revitalize Marvin Gaye Park in Northeast D.C.

Park and Recreation Month

Park and Recreation Month: Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. The theme in 2012 was "Get Wild!"

Conservation Resources Center

The Conservation Resources Center is a compilation of Best Management Practices from NRPA member agencies on how to implement conservation at the community level. Find information on the best techniques for control of invasive plants, involving volunteers in stewardship activities, engaging youth in conservation, and the top ten best ideas for saving energy in your agency.

Playground Safety

Playground Safety recognizes that playing outdoors is a major component in the fight against childhood obesity as well as the overall health and well-being of young people. NRPA is dedicated to promoting children's rights to play in safe and challenging play environments, and educating members of NRPA and the general public on the importance that play has in childhood development.

Economic Roundtable

The Economic Roundtable discussed the critical role of parks in urban and metropolitan infrastructure.