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.

Keep Pressuring Congress About LWCF Reauthorization

2018 July Advocacy 410

Now is the time to learn more about the Land and Water Conservation Fund and some easy steps to ensure that this program continues.

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10-Minute Walk Campaign: Celebrating Mayors and Cities Leading the Way

2018 July Feature 10MW 410

Read updates from the first 12 cities to participate in technical assistance for the 10-Minute Walk campaign and see why nearly 200 mayors have signed on to improving park access and quality in their cities.

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What Park Metrics Tells Us About Urban Agencies

2018 July Research 410

The only way to truly understand how your park and recreation agency compares to its peers is to interact with the NRPA Park Metrics and report resources.

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Detroit's Rebirth

2018 July Feature Detroit 410

How community activists, nonprofits, crowdfunding partners, and state and city park and recreation agencies are reinvigorating their city.

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Bringing Riverside Regional Park into the 21st Century

2018 July Feature Riverside Park 410

In November 2017, Indy Parks and Recreation completed a master plan for Riverside Regional Park in Indianapolis. Learn how the 20-year implementation strategy will propel the park into the future.

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Leadership Changes at NRPA

Barbara Tulipane 410

NRPA president and CEO, Barbara Tulipane, CAE, recently announced her retirement. Board of Directors welcomes new chair along with three new board members.

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Social Equity, Parks and Gentrification

2018 July Social Equity 410

There is a concern that park investments can lead to displacement of existing residents by attracting new, wealthier residents and increasing property values, a process called gentrification.

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NRPA Hosts Oklahoma City Innovation Lab

2018 July Member to Member Innovation Lab 410

In May, NRPA convened its 10th Innovation Lab, which brought together leaders inside and outside of parks and recreation to explore how the field impacts regional economic competitiveness and quality of life.

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$2 Million for Green Stormwater Infrastructure Projects

2018 July NRPA Update Great Urban Parks 410

Applications are now being accepted for grant funding that will support green stormwater infrastructure projects in 10–12 U.S. communities.

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‘LEDucation’: Helping Municipalities Make the Switch to LED Lighting

2018 July Operations LED Lighting 410

Even though LED lights serve the same purpose as legacy lighting products, the technological advances have made old design requirements as antiquated as the metal halide fixtures.

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The EPA-Compliant Way to Dispose of Fluorescent Lamps

2018 July Operations Fluorescent Disposal 410

What is the proper way to dispose of these lamps when they have come to the end of their practical life?

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August: The Best Month to Champion Your Park

2018 July NRPA Update Park Champion Logo Round 410

On August 3, members of Congress will head home for the summer to connect with constituents for an entire month — a huge opportunity for your agency!

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News Stories

7.12.18Top Story

Indianapolis park has a 20-year plan for upgrades

7.12.18Around the Country

NRPA grants foster creative parks projects

7.12.18Around the Country

Floating obstacle course to open in Neb. recreation area