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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
  • Indy Urban Acres IndyTHMBIndianapolis, IN

    Located in a densely populated neighborhood adjacent to Interstate 70, this 8-acre space used to be a staging ground for road construction work.  Find out how the Indianapolis Parks Foundation and its partners turned the undeveloped land into a unique community asset.

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Funding Opportunities

  • Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards

    Application Deadline:
    October 15, 2014

    Levitt Pavilions has announced a new matching grant opportunity serving small and mid-sized cities across the country. 10 grantees will be awarded up to $25K each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series---an outdoor, free concert series featuring ...more >

  • A few months ago, Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council passed a budget that adds $15.5 million to the Parks Department budget.  The money, for the most part, is targeted to small neighborhood parks for maintenance and...
  • By Julie Waterman Today the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) celebrates its 50th anniversary.  Not all Americans are familiar with LWCF, but they are probably familiar with parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, urban wildlife refuges, trails and open space that...
  • 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, more than 30 park professionals from the US and Canada were hosted by Denver Parks and Recreation Department in collaboration with City Parks Alliance for a tour of their park system. Eighteen cities were represented, including teams...


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