Managing stormwater is a major challenge for cities across the country. Traditional gray infrastructure is aging and increasingly frequent extreme weather events are overwhelming sewer systems - negatively impacting our health, local economies and the local environment, particularly in underserved communities.
NRPA, in cooperation with the American Planning Association (APA), created the Great Urban Parks Campaign with the primary purpose of improving environmental and social outcomes in underserved communities through promoting and advancing green infrastructure stormwater management projects within parks. Green infrastructure uses natural processes to slow the flow of and filter water to protect and restore clean and healthy waterways. Additionally, it is an efficient way to increase community resilience by addressing stormwater runoff, reducing localized flooding, and increasing biodiversity and wildlife habitat while simultaneously providing communities increased access to recreational opportunities and to nature.
Meaningful and prolonged community engagement and a collaborative approach are essential to creating parks that are embraced by nearby residents and contribute to the well-being of the communities they serve. NRPA is working in partnership with three communities to identify best practices and innovative strategies that effectively empower the community to influence the design of a green infrastructure project that best suits their needs, while also benefiting the local environment.
NRPA is working in partnership with four cities to support large scale, replicable park green infrastructure projects that will serve as case studies for our membership. Find out more information on the projects happening in Baltimore, Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh by clicking here.
Green Infrastructure Improves Communities
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Resources and Training
NRPA is currently working with the American Planning Association (APA) and Low Impact Development Center (LIDC) to develop evidence-based educational resources and training for park and planning professionals to improve equity through green infrastructure and maximize multiple benefits.
- Parks & Recreation magazine article about green infrastructure features at Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park in Montgomery County, MD
- Webinar: Green Infrastructure in Parks: Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement (3/9/2017)
- Webinar: Green Infrastructure in Parks and Equity (11/30/2016)
- Background and Research for March 2016 Convening of Thought Leaders in Atlanta
- 2016 Convening Summary Report
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