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.

Managing Stormwater

About the Great Urban Parks Campaign

About the 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.

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Great Urban Parks Campaign Resources

Great Urban Parks Campaign Resources

Explore NRPA’s green infrastructure resources including webinars, resource guides and case studies.

*New resource: NRPA’s Green Infrastructure Evaluation Framework offers tools and information to measure the various benefits of green infrastructure in parks.

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Great Urban Parks Campaign Funded Projects

Great Urban Parks Campaign Funded Projects and Funding Opportunities

The National Recreation and Park Association is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for 25 park and recreation professionals to attend a 3-day green stormwater infrastructure training in May 2020. Applications are due by December 13, 2019.

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Restoring Waterways

Restoring Waterways

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.

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