Parks are ideal venues for creative water management and conservation projects as they offer a multitude of benefits beyond water quality and reduced localized and destructive flooding, especially in underserved communities. Park agencies are well positioned to connect residents to their local water resources through recreation, education and stewardship opportunities in parks. Additionally, park agencies can provide ongoing project maintenance which ensures long-term success and aids in creating resilient communities.
Parks help clean water. Parks connect people to water.
NRPA is elevating the role of parks in water management and conservation projects across the country. To build the capacity of park agencies to create water stewards, our initiatives promote meaningful, early and prolonged community engagement throughout project design, implementation and management. Join us to make clean water a reality in every community across the nation.
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 announced the availability of scholarships for 25 park and recreation professionals to attend a 3-day green stormwater infrastructure training in May 2020. Applications were due by December 13, 2019.
NRPA is working in communities in across the country to improve water quality, reduce flood risk within communities and increase recreation, education and stewardship of waterways by promoting public parks as ideal spaces for the restoration and management of floodplains.