Parks provide a wide variety of essential services to communities. Planning and designing green infrastructure and implementing it in individual parks and park systems can further enhance quality of life for surrounding communities through increased health, environmental, social and economic benefits. These benefits are especially critical in under-resourced communities that are hit hardest and recover slowest from extreme weather events.
Green infrastructure is the natural and built green spaces that use natural processes to manage wet-weather in ways that improve a community’s well-being, including improving water quality, reducing flood risk, shielding from extreme heat, providing cleaner air and enhancing wildlife habitat. Examples of common green infrastructure found in parks include green roofs, trees, bioswales, rain gardens and permeable pavement.
NRPA is equipping park and recreation professionals with the tools, knowledge and resources to plan, implement, maintain and advocate for greener parks.
Providing park and recreation professionals with the tools and knowledge to advocate for green infrastructure in parks as a solution to improving climate-related health impacts.
Great Urban Parks Campaign
NRPA, in cooperation with the American Planning Association (APA), launched the Great Urban Parks Campaign in 2015 to promote and advance green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks that have the goal of addressing equity.
The National Recreation and Park Association is providing scholarships for 25 park and recreation professionals to attend a 3-day green stormwater infrastructure training in September 2020.