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City Parks Alliance

Parks serve as green engines to help address nearly every critical urban need from health to housing, to education and environmental justice, to countering sprawl and combating crime.

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2015 Urban Parks Conference

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City Parks Alliance has selected San Francisco as the host city for the next International Urban Parks Conference, which will take place April 11-14, 2015.

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CPA Membership

Networking, funding, and advocacy opportunities are just some of the perks of a City Parks Alliance membership. Attend conferences and workshops, participate in invitation-only calls, and stay in the know with free newsletters.

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Study of Neighborhood Parks


In order to understand how local neighborhood parks contribute to physical activity, 170 randomly selected parks in 25 cities are being observed using the SOPARC methodology.

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Youth Employment in Parks

Case Studies

Youth Employment in Parks is a joint program of the Anchorage Park Foundation and the Anchorage Parks & Recreation Department. The main goal of the YEP program is to engage a new generation with public lands management and recreation.

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City Parks Alliance is the only independent, nationwide membership organization solely dedicated to urban parks.  Learn More

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Mayors for Parks

Mayors Form Bi-Partisan Coalition to Support
Land and Water Conservation Fund

Mayor_Hancock_1 Mayor Michael B. Hancock (D)
Denver, Colorado

BetsyPrice_1 Mayor Betsy Price (R)
Fort Worth, Texas

Frontline Parks

Creating Economic, Environmental and Social Capital Through Innovative Partnerships
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    How did the city of Columbus turn a neglected riverfront into one of the best downtown parks in the Midwest?  Read on to find out!

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  • (Republished from NextCity) An audience member at the Philly Parks Future Forum last week called the panelists assembled a “dream team.” The experts represented parks agencies from Seattle, New York, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Chicago. Presented by the City Parks...
  • Two days before the recent United Nations Climate Summit, more than 400,000 protestors gathered in New York City to take part in the People’s Climate March in an effort to draw attention to climate change. While goals of climate change...
  • Each month, City Parks Alliance names one “Frontline Park” as a standout example of urban park excellence, innovation and stewardship from across the country. The program identifies city parks that find innovative ways to meet the unique challenges faced as...
  • Earlier this month, Memphis opened “RiverFit”, a pop-up fitness area and trail along the Mississippi River bank. The project’s public and private-sector partners hope the temporary installation will catalyze health-focused park efforts in Memphis, a city routinely counted among the...


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