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. 



Urban Music Festivals, Considered

2017 December Feature Urban Music Festivals Considered 410

Examining the outdoor music festival and its role as the bellwether of public security in parks.

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The 10-Minute Walk Campaign

2017 December Feature The 10 Minute Walk Campaign 410

A Conversation with TPL President and CEO Will Rogers.

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Open Streets ICT Brings Wichitans Together!

2017 December Feature Open Streets ICT 410

Open Streets, a movement that is prevalent in cities across the United States, is a free community-building event that calls for closing a street to traffic and opening it for biking, walking, running, dancing, arts, culture-related activities and more!

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Adverse Possession Claims in Parkland

2017 December Law Review Adverse Possession Claims in Parkland 410

In many instances, the boundaries between public parkland and surrounding private property are not clearly delineated.

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Zero-Waste Events

2017 December Conservation Zero Waste Events 410

Making a big splash with a small footprint. There are straightforward steps planners and hosts can take to move toward a zero-waste event.

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The Culture of Health

2017 December Health and Wellness The Culture of Health 410

Creative placemaking in parks for healthy communities.

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NRPA's New Conservation Resource Guide Now Available

2017 December NRPA Update Conservation Resource Guide 410

NRPA is pleased to announce the release of A Resource Guide for Planning, Designing and Implementing Green Infrastructure in Parks.

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Parks Build Community: Helping to Revitalize Lafitte Greenway

2017 December Feature Parks Build Community 410

This year’s NRPA Parks Build Community project is located along the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Americans Turn to Parks and Recreation When Advised to Increase Physical Activity

Park Pulse 410

In this month’s Park Pulse poll, we ask Americans where they’d turn to when advised to be more physically active by a doctor or other healthcare provider.

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UPDATED: Tax Reform and Federal Budget

tax reform blog 410

As everyone begins their Holiday preparations, Congress is hard at work in two principal areas with deadlines fast approaching.

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News Stories

12.14.17Top Story

NRPA partners on guide for park flood-control strategies

12.14.17Around the Country

Report: State parks put $1.1 billion into Ore. economy in 2016

12.14.17Around the Country

Mich. city could get downtown pop-up park