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.

NRPA Advocates for Water Safety & Drowning Prevention on Capitol Hill

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As pools and open-water recreation areas kick into full swing this summer, access to water safety education is critical to prevent deaths due to drowning.

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The Opioid Crisis

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How park agencies are partnering with public health organizations, school districts and law enforcement to help children and families cope with this epidemic.

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Safe Routes to Parks

2018 June Feature Safe Routes 410

After piloting the Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework in eight communities, see what themes have emerged.

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Pride in Parks

2018 June Social Equity Pride in Parks 410

Celebrating and engaging the LGBTQ community...

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Lively Parks, Healthy People

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Cities where parks, recreation and trails play a vital role in the lives of their residents are vibrant places to live and are, therefore, attractive to businesses and residents.

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Tell Congress to Get PHIT!

2018 June Advocacy Get PHIT 410

A tax incentive strategy to get America moving

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The 2018 Gold Medal Awards Finalists

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AAPRA, in partnership with NRPA, is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

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Parks and Recreation: A Champion for Youth Health

2018 June Feature Youth Health 410

Commit to Health has demonstrated the lifesaving potential of parks and how critical the role they play is in the communities they serve.

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How Parks and Rec Served Over 85 Million Meals — Episode 021

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As one of the largest providers of meals during out-of-school times, park and recreation agencies are making significant impacts in their communities.

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Ag-vocating for Parks and Recreation in the 2018 Farm Bill

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Over the last decade, U.S. park and recreation agencies have helped catapult the farm-to-fork and local food movements from niche efforts to mainstream industries.

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Honesty and Transparency in Parks and Recreation

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How do you cultivate a culture of honesty within the workplace?

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What’s the Buzz? Celebrating Pollinators This June

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NRPA is partnering with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation on the #Parks4Pollinators Photo Contest.

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News Stories

6.21.18Top Story

Former landfill to reopen as a park in Portland, Ore.

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Lincoln Park in San Antonio gets a splash pad

6.21.18Around the Country

Tenn. county will accept land donation for outdoor recreation area