Parks Build Community is a national initiative demonstrating the transformative value of parks on the health and vitality of communities across America. The vision to build and revitalize parks as thriving gathering places for youth, families and adults is one shared by NRPA, its industry and non-profit partners, and the thousands of park and recreation professionals who develop and maintain these treasured public places.
NRPA Annual Conference Projects
Each year, NRPA conducts a complete park makeover in partnership with park equipment manufacturers and community organizations within the city hosting the NRPA Annual Conference. Starting in 2008, the annual Parks Build Community project has included the restoration of existing parks, as well as building new parks completely from scratch.
NRPA partnered with Great Rivers Greenway and the city of Wellston, Missouri for the 2016 Parks Build Community project. This year, the efforts transformed a vacant lot in to a vibrant urban park known as Trojan Park.The grand opening of this incredible lot-to-park transformation was held October 8, 2016.
The 2015 Parks Build Community project was held in North Las Vegas. This community, home to several migrant families, was in desperate need of a safe community park.
Working with the parks and recreation department of the City of North Las Vegas, NRPA with generous help from its donors transformed Joe Kneip Park to a vibrant place where families can gather and kids can play.
The 2017 Parks Build Community project will be held in New Orleans, LA. The New Orleans project will feature another lot-to-park transformation by reimagining Lafitte Greenway, a designated parkway in the Crescent City that will connect underserved communities to sports fields, playgrounds, water features and numerous family gathering spots.
NRPA is seeking continued support for the annual Parks Build Community initiative.
Contact email Gina Mullins-Cohen for more information about Parks Build Community projects at 703-858-2184.
Please email Gina Cohen with questions or to help with future NRPA Annual Conference Projects.
Be Inspired Earth Month Campaign
NRPA collaborated with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney | ABC Television Group and ESPN, to expand the Parks Build Community initiative by providing 16 communities with resources to improve local parks through projects that connect kids to nature, help kids and families live healthier, and increase kids’ access to sports. Through our Meet Me At the Park PSA and social media, we invited you to choose the winners. Thank you for helping us select parks across the country to receive grant funding to help make improvements.
View the 2016 Parks Build Community winners!
Check out the previous winners that were selected thanks to your votes, and the impacts that were made.
View details about the communities and projects that received resources through this collaboration in 2015.
Please email Lori Robertson with questions about Be Inspired.