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.

Small Town Department, Big Time Marketing

Andrew Lance 410

Awareness in your city or town can be a big problem, especially if you are a smaller department, but here are some tips and tricks to help you improve your social media presence.

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A Safe Place to Be: Monte Vista Kids Connection Fills Rural Role

Monte Vista 410

Monte Vista Kids Connection was one of ten rural park and recreation agencies who received grant funds from the Walmart Foundation and NRPA to increase access to healthy food and nutrition education in their out-of-school-time programs.

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Give the Screens a Rest

Screen Free Week 410

This fall is the perfect time for local parks, recreation departments and nature centers to plan ahead for Screen-Free Week 2019.

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The Release of The Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit

opioid epidemic practical toolkit 410

The role parks and recreation agencies can play in the prevention of opioid overdose is key, especially with the number of youth enrolled in out of school time programs.

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Bridging a Divide Through Park Design

2018 October Feature Bridge Park 410

Washington, D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge Park, conceived by a visionary nonprofit, Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR), will provide a high-quality amenity for the city's historically dis-invested communities, east of the Anacostia River.

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Parks at Our Nation’s Borders

2018 October Feature Border Parks 410

Along the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada are parks, and, like parks across the rest of the country, they face challenges they must work to overcome, but there are additional challenges.

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Gender-Spectrum Inclusion for Recreation Professionals

2018 October Feature Gender Inclusion 410

We're always looking for ways to make our parks and programs accessible and welcoming to all members of our diverse communities. So, how can we promote inclusion for participants on the gender-spectrum?

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How Many Mayors Does It Take to Make a Movement?

2018 October Advocacy 410

We’re one year into the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, and we want you to know that NRPA and our partners at ULI and TPL are here to help!

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Americans Support Easy Access to Great Parks…

2018 October Research 410

This year's report explores the importance of having high-quality park and recreation amenities located nearby to all people, regardless of where they live.

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Community Engagement in Park Design

2018 October Community Center Park Design 410

Examples of embracing community engagement in park design in Oregon and Chile.

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Great Urban Parks Campaign Grantees Announced

2018 October NRPA Update GUPC 410

Ten agencies are the newest grantees to receive funding to help them implement green stormwater infrastructure projects.

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10-Minute Walk Learning Series

2018 October NRPA Update 10MWalk 410

A space where you can connect with peers about what it takes to achieve equitable access to quality parks.

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Cities Address Racial Disparities in Access to Nature

2018 October Conservation 410

What can cities do to address the disparities in physical and emotional access to nature that result from barriers systematically imposed on communities of color?

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Social Equity in Senior Programs

2018 October Future Leaders 410

When it comes to social equity, we realize that facilities and programs need to be made accessible regardless of income, race and ability. But, what about age?

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Addressing Health Disparities in Rural America

2018 October Health and Wellness 410

Local park and recreation agencies are a critical component of promoting equitable health outcomes in any community, but they may fill an even larger role in rural areas.

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News Stories

10.18.18Top Story

Encouraging volunteerism at parks is a win-win situation

10.18.18Around the Country

Wilson Foundation pledges $200M for Buffalo, N.Y., and Detroit parks

10.18.18Around the Country

Make sure you maintain your maintenance equipment