Parks Build Community

Parks Build CommunityParks Build Community—is an ongoing national initiative demonstrating the transformative value of parks and recreation on the health and vitality of communities across America. The vision: to build and revitalize urban parks as thriving gathering places for youth, families and adults.

To date, Parks Build Community projects have been completed in Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, Los Angeles, CA, and Houston, TX

Current Project: Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park, Charlotte

NRPA is thrilled to partner with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department to expand and improve Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. The park unveiling is planned for October 2014. NRPA is seeking donations of park and recreation equipment and services via Request for Proposal - please contact us if your company or organization is interested in contributing to Parks Build Community 2014.  

2013 Project: Shady Lane Park, Houston

In 2013, NRPA worked on the revitalization of Shady Lane Park in Houston, Texas. In partnership with Houston Parks and Recreation Department, City of Houston, Harris County Flood Control District as well as vendors and suppliers, Shady Lane Park was transformed into a nature playscape and wetlands restoration area for the surrounding communities to enjoy. The revitalization of this park will engage the community in the Texas bayou landscape via trails, discovery elements and a nature themed playground. The enhanced park was unveiled at the NRPA Congress and Exposition on October 10, 2013. View the video to the right to learn more about the Shady Lane project.


If you would like to contribute to the Parks Build Community initiative, please contact Jimmy O'Connor at 703.858.2177.

View the short animated video to the right that demonstrates the transformative value of parks and recreation.