Parks and recreation are vital to our health and well-being and create stronger communities that can protect and better recover from environmental, social and economic challenges. Every day local park and recreation professionals and champions are working on innovative, long-term solutions to ensure that our communities have fair and just access to great parks and greenspace, recreation facilities and programs. They are helping to close critical gaps in quantity of parks, proximity of parks and connection to parks all while ensuring that these places are safe, inclusive, culturally relevant and welcoming for everyone.
NRPA is uniting these local leaders, advocating for policy change and advancing local solutions through research, tools and catalytic grants. Through these areas of work, we seek to create systems-level changes in policy, planning and funding, and support place-based projects that are driven by communities. Join us as we work to ensure fair and just access to parks for communities across the United States.
Grant Opportunity for Park Access and Environmental Resilience and Health
NRPA is excited to announce funding and coaching to advance community-driven, systems-level strategies for equitable park access that improves the resilience and health of communities. Funding will support projects that advance community-driven, systems-level strategies for equitable park access that improve the environmental resilience and health of communities. The grant program will support park and recreation professionals in partnership with leaders from community-based organizations. Projects should address system-wide park access planning, data collection/analysis, policies and/or capital improvements with a focus on creating climate-ready parks. NRPA will fund 6 to 10 communities at $300,000 to $500,000 each for a total of 2.5 years. Applications are due April 23, 2021. Learn more!
Park Access Network
NRPA brings together a network of park and recreation professionals committed to driving long-term change to address park access and quality. Through a combination of webinars and group calls, network members share and learn strategies, discuss different approaches and develop connections with peers across the United States.
Events occur every third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. ET.
The webinars, hosted on NRPA’s online learning system, featured park and recreation professionals and other land-use experts and specialists that have implemented a variety of park access solutions. Recordings of the webinars, slides and other resources are available on NRPA's online learning system.
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The network calls are an opportunity to connect with and learn from your peers who are just as passionate as you about addressing park access and quality. Led by park and recreation professionals, these calls offer a more informal opportunity to discuss, share knowledge and pose questions related to the topic of the call. Future network calls will be held in 2021.
Join the Park Access Network on NRPA Connect to stay up to date on upcoming Network events.
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10 Minute Walk
NRPA is part of 10 Minute Walk, a national effort dedicated to improving access to safe, quality parks and green spaces. We work with leaders in cities and towns across the United States to raise awareness around the importance of parks and green spaces and to make parks top of mind with the people who are planning the future of our cities. Led by The Trust for Public Land (TPL), in partnership with NRPA and the Urban Land Institute and with support from The JPB Foundation, 10 Minute Walk is working to create a world where everyone in the U.S. has safe, convenient access to a park within a 10-minute walk of home by 2050.
Research and Tools
NRPA has developed a number of tools to help park and recreation agencies make data-based decisions and communicate the importance of parks. Below are a few of our tools related to Park Access:
Advancing Local Solutions
NRPA provides catalytic grants to build and promote local solutions to park access in our most disinvested. From park capital improvement projects to system-wide planning support, NRPA provides approximately $5 million and in-kind assistance to over 320 local communities annually.