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.

The Great Recession’s Profound Impact on Parks and Recreation

2018 February Feature The Great Recession Impact on Parks and Recreation 410

A recent study, commissioned by NRPA and conducted by a team of Pennsylvania State University researchers, provides some important insight about how local government officials perceive parks and recreation...

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Promoting Active Transportation in El Paso

2018 February Conservation Promoting Active Transportation in El Paso 410

El Paso community members, participating in an Urban Land Institute Advisory Services Panel, deliver a design that provides much-needed stormwater management features, while creating amenities for a low-income community.

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Top Trends in Parks and Recreation for 2018

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Part tongue-in-cheek speculating and part fearless prognostication, here are NRPA’s Top Trends for 2018...

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Applying a Racial Equity Lens to Our Parks

2018 February Social Equity Applying Racial Equity Lens to Our Parks 410

Learn how Seattle, Portland and Minneapolis, all exemplary park departments, have successfully shifted their approach from mere inclusivity to racial equity.

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Healthy Detroit: Building a Culture of Primary Prevention

2018 February Health Wellness Healthy Detroit 410

After reading through the Affordable Care Act, Nicholas Mukhtar created Healthy Detroit, dedicated to improving health equity in Detroit.

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Green Stormwater Infrastructure

2018 February Community Center Green Stormwater Infrasturcture 410

Learn how, with the support of Southwest Airlines, three communities have implemented green stormwater infrastructure installations in their parks.

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The Negative Impact of Higher Entrance Fees at National Parks

2018 February Advocacy Negative Impact of Higher Entrance Fees at National Parks 410

What these proposed higher fees may mean for national parks and the communities bordering them.

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Innovative Playground Design Trends and Fundraising Resources

2018 February Operations Some Innovative Playground Design Trends 410

Novel trends in design combined with innovative approaches to playground use and access to a variety of funding sources are making playgrounds a place to gather, play and stay.

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NRPA’s Board of Directors Take to Capitol Hill

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Thank you to NRPA’s Board of Directors for assisting us in moving our legislative agenda forward.

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Wayfinding: Navigation and Site Planning

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To give visitors the best experience possible, planners have recognized the importance of implementing systems that guide visitors through parks, historic sites and urban centers in a straight-forward manner.

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News Stories

2.15.18Top Story

NRPA's Tulipane notes the many benefits of accessible parks

2.15.18Around the Country

Report: Green design could save cities lots of money

2.15.18Around the Country

Upgraded playground in San Francisco features weather-themed structures