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. 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.
Latest Project: Shady Lane Park Revitalization
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.