Urban parks serve as critical public places for recreation and civic engagement, essential to quality of life in urban centers. Parks help provide solutions to a myriad of national and community issues: providing healthy places to exercise, managing stormwater runoff and helping clean the air, catalyzing economic and community development, and providing safe, close to home recreation options. Join NRPA in the fight to ensure that every community has a great park.

Urban Parks InsiderPublished biweekly, Urban Parks Insider aims to provide you with a tailored view of the current hot topics and articles related to parks and urban environments.

Congress Is Getting PHIT, Thanks to You!

PHIT Act Blog 410

Passage of the PHIT Act in the House represents an increased support for physical activity as a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle.

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'Park-Walk': A Vertical, Park-Growth Vision

2018 August Feature Park Walk 410

Imagine a city growing new public parks as it grows upwards with each new skyscraper with rooftop parks connected by park bridges. The result would be “Park-Walk”: an interwoven network of public parks connected with bridges and High Line-type walkways.

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Engaging Children in the Park Planning Process

2018 August Health and Wellness 410

Given that children are key park users we must be creative in how we engage them in the planning process.

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Common Lake Organism Fatal to Park Visitor

2018 August Law Review 410

Examine the terms negligence liability and foreseeability as they relate to cases involving lake organisms and park visitors.

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Ready to Respond Versus React

2018 August Community Center 410

What crisis response policies and practices do you currently have in place that allow you to respond versus react?

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‘Breaking the Bubbles’ to Create Play-Centered Parks

2018 August Feature Breaking Bubbles 410

How inclusive design, multifunctional features, and the added value of healthier communities are several trends pushing the design of public spaces in new directions.

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How to Prevent Ticks and Still Enjoy the Outdoors

2018 August Conservation 410

Ticks are out there, but you can avoid them by taking precautions and being aware.

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Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Programs in Your Community

2018 August Operations Therapeutic Recreation 410

Understand the fundamentals of successfully implementing a therapeutic recreation program.

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California’s Prop 68

2018 August Social Equity 410

A primer for infusing diversity and equity into public policy.

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NRPA’s 2nd Annual Summer Camp on Capitol Hill

2018 August NRPA Update Summer Camp on the Hill 410

Members of Congress rediscover their love for summer camp.

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August Congressional Recess

2018 August Advocacy 410

The opportune time for advocating for parks and recreation.

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News Stories

8.14.18Top Story

Public spaces install giant games to engage visitors

8.14.18Around the Country

Design for Veterans Memorial Pool in Wis. is approved

8.14.18Around the Country

Fog sculptures adorn 5 Boston parks