25 Scholarships Available for Green Stormwater Infrastructure Training Opportunity

NRPA is pleased to offer training scholarships for park and recreational professionals to participate in a National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP). The training opportunity will focus on green stormwater infrastructure construction, inspection and maintenance through a combination of online learning, classroom instruction, peer-to-peer knowledge transfer, and field visits with park experts. Participants will learn how to apply lessons learned to build and maintain successful green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks that provide multiple benefits to communities through community engagement and partnerships.

In May 2020 (May 11 - 14) NRPA will host a 3-day NGICP training for park and/or affiliated professionals in Atlanta, GA, in partnership with the City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation and their nonprofit community organization, Park Pride. Download a sample application.

Applications were due by December 13, 2019.


For questions, please email GUPC@nrpa.org.



NRPA is partnering with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) to adapt and deliver the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) curriculum to professionals responsible for the land management and maintenance and operations of municipal parks throughout the country. The trainings focus on building successful green stormwater infrastructure in parks, including construction, inspection and maintenance phases.

In May 2019, 27 park and affiliated professionals came together for the first ever NRPA NGICP training. Read about the training experience including feedback from participants in this article.

Municipal Agencies with a Certified Green Infrastructure Professional

1. City of Dubuque Leisure Services

2. DPW & Parks - Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Division - City of Worcester

3. City of Buckhannon

4. Town of Malta

5. City of Greeley

6. City of Redding

7. City of Gary Parks Department

8. Broome County Department of Public Works

9. City of Hutto

10. Arlington County Government

11. Missouri City, Texas Parks and Recreation

12. City of Los Banos - Public Works Department

13. City of Post Falls
14. City of Biloxi

15. City of Flagstaff

16. City of Tarpon Springs

17. Bismarck Parks and Recreation District

18. Houston Parks and Recreation Department

19. City of Mitchell Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department

20. City of San Diego Parks & Recreation Department

21. Herriman City

22. Forsyth County Parks and Recreation

23. Guilford County

24. Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department

25. City of Grand Rapids, Michigan

26. Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

Demonstration Projects

NRPA is working in partnership with cities to support large scale, replicable park green infrastructure projects that will serve as case studies for park and recreation agencies.

Great Urban Parks Campaign Grantees

Great Urban Parks Campaign Demonstration Projects

1. Environmental Learning for Kids (2016)
Montbello Open Space Park, Denver, CO

2. Park Pride (2016)
Boone Park West, Atlanta, GA

3. Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (2016)
McKinley Park, Pittsburgh, PA

4. Parks and People Foundation (2016)
Ambrose Kennedy Park, Baltimore, MD

5. Bernalillo County (2018)
2nd Street Trail, Albuquerque, NM

6. City of El Paso (2018)
Hidden Valley Park, El Paso, TX

7. City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Dept. (2018)
Ken-O-Sha Park, Grand Rapids, MI
8. City of Lake Charles (2018)
Hillcrest Park, Lake Charles, LA

9. City of Memphis Parks and Neighborhoods Div. (2018)
McFarland Park, Memphis, TN

10. Heartland Conservation Alliance (2018)
Blue Valley Park, Kansas City, MO

11. Local Government Commission (2018)
Cesar Chavez Park, Salinas, CA

12. Louisville Parks and Recreation (2018)
Chickasaw Park, Louisville, KY

13. Miami-Dade County Parks Recreation and Open Spaces Dept. (2018)
Arcola Lakes Park, Miami, FL

14. NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (2018)
Brownsville Recreation Center, Brooklyn, NY


Community Outreach and Education

NRPA is working in partnership with communities to identify best practices and innovative strategies that effectively empower the community to influence the design of a green infrastructure project that best suits their needs, while also benefiting the local environment.


Contact Jenny Cox with questions about projects funded through the Great Urban Parks Campaign.

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