Urban parks serve as critical public places for recreation and civic engagement, essential to quality of life in urban centers. Parks help provide solutions to a myriad of national and community issues: providing healthy places to exercise, managing stormwater runoff and helping clean the air, catalyzing economic and community development, and providing safe, close to home recreation options. Join NRPA in the fight to ensure that every community has a great park.

Urban Parks InsiderPublished biweekly, Urban Parks Insider aims to provide you with a tailored view of the current hot topics and articles related to parks and urban environments.

Measuring the Use of Public Neighborhood Parks

2018 March Feature Measuring the Use of Public Neighborhood Parks 410

Parks departments seldom can precisely measure how many people are being served; that is, until now...

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The Economic Power of Local Parks and Rec

2018 March Research Economic Power of Local Parks and Rec 410

NRPA's 2018 Economic Impact of Local Parks study empowers park and recreation professionals and advocates to speak with authority about the economic benefits of parks and recreation.

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‘Creating Good Citizens’

2018 March Social Equity Creating Good Citizens 410

Dreamers, DACA and immigrants use parks, schools, soccer and sports to build community

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You Have My Word on It: Signage in City Parks

2018 March Member to Member You Have My Word on It Signage in City Parks 410

An analysis of hundreds of park signs revealed seven basic categories...

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NRPA on Capitol Hill

2018 March NRPA Update NRPA on Capitol Hill 410

NRPA’s goes to the Hill with national partners in support of funding for arthritis programs...

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Texas Park Sets Green Standard with Net Zero

2018 March Conservation Texas Park Sets Green Standard with Net Zero 410

Surrounded by a sprawling urban landscape, Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire, Texas, is setting the green standard for parks across the United States.

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NRPA Park Pulse

Park Pulse 410

With this month’s poll, we asked Americans if they want inclusive play options at community playgrounds.

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News Stories

3.15.18Top Story

Former reservoir could be transformed into multilevel park in San Francisco

3.15.18Around the Country

Study examines usefulness of signage at neighborhood parks

3.15.18Around the Country

Ga. city's parks department is reorganized, rebranded