Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Parks - Great Urban Parks Campaign

Through the Great Urban Parks Campaign, in 2018 the National Recreation and Park Association has provided grant funding totaling $2,000,000 to 10-12 communities in the U.S. to support green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks. The intention of the program is to improve environmental and social conditions in underserved communities through promoting and advancing green infrastructure stormwater management projects within parks. 

Green stormwater infrastructure offers climate resilience benefits such as greater resiliency to flooding, and improved water quality and supply. The expansion and enhancement of parks can improve social conditions by supporting community engagement, public health, access to green space and nature, and opportunities for education and employment. 

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)

Grants were given to projects that achieve each of the following key objectives:

  1. Improved environmental quality including: enhanced water quality, increased climate resiliency through reduced flooding, improved ability of the site to hold and retain stormwater, improved and increased green space and wildlife habitat.
  2. Increased access to high quality park and recreation space within underserved communities, and increased access to related recreation, environmental education and green job opportunities.
  3. An engaged community empowered to improve local environmental quality through green infrastructure solutions.

A report is linked on the campaign website that illustrates the successful implementation of past projects under the Great Urban Park Campaign. The “Resource Guide for Planning, Designing and Implementing Green Infrastructure in Parks” shares lessons learned from pilot projects and provides basic principles and strategies on integrating green stormwater infrastructure into parks and park systems. 


Publication Date: June 20, 2018

Related Organizations:

  • National Recreation and Park Association


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Resource Types:

  • Funding program


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