NRPA awards $2M to support green infrastructure projects

ASHBURN, Va. — Today, as part of the Great Urban Parks Campaign, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) awarded grant funding totaling $2 million to support green infrastructure projects in 10 U.S. communities. These communities join cities, such as Atlanta, Georgia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; and Denver, Colorado, in using green infrastructure in parks to increase climate resiliency, access to outdoor recreation and more. The 2018 Great Urban Parks Campaign grant recipients include:

  • Bernalillo County (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
  • City of El Paso (El Paso, Texas)
  • City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
  • City of Lake Charles (Lake Charles, Louisiana)
  • City of Memphis Parks and Neighborhoods Division (Memphis, Tennessee)
  • Heartland Conservation Alliance (Kansas City, Missouri)
  • Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department (Miami, Florida)
  • Local Government Commission (Salinas, California)
  • Louisville Parks and Recreation (Louisville, Kentucky)
  • New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (Brooklyn, New York)

“NRPA is proud to play a leading role in helping communities combat the adverse effects of climate change,” said Rebecca Wickline, NRPA senior vice president of development. “Congratulations to our 2018 Great Urban Parks Campaign grant recipients, who are making a difference in their communities and beyond by implementing green stormwater infrastructure in parks.”

Green stormwater infrastructure in parks is an efficient way to improve water quality, increase climate resiliency through reduced flooding, enhance the ability of the site to hold and retain stormwater, and improve wildlife habitat, all while providing increased access to nature and outdoor recreation in underserved communities. These 10 new projects will address heat island effect, food insecurity and improved access to waterways, trails and play, to provide additional best practices, effective models and geographic representation of green stormwater infrastructure in parks.

NRPA’s Great Urban Parks Campaign aims to improve environmental and social outcomes in underserved communities through green stormwater infrastructure projects in local parks. The campaign also offers a variety of evidence-based educational resources for park and planning professionals — including A Resource Guide for Planning, Designing and Implementing Green Infrastructure in Parks. Four cities were awarded funding in 2016 and a description of these projects is available here.

Funding for the Great Urban Parks Campaign grant was provided by The JPB Foundation.

To learn more about NRPA, visit

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at

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