Help APA Celebrate Local Parks This August

This month marks the centennial of the National Park Service.

For 100 years, our national parks have stood as testament to our country’s natural resources, diverse heritage, and stories that each of these amazing places tells. The National Park Service is quick to point out, however, that the centennial is not only about national parks. It’s also a time to recognize the local parks and trails in our communities that connect us with other people and places every day.

Planners — and other design professionals — play a key part in bringing our local parks to life. Not only do planners create the vision for our favorite neighborhood parks, they also are able to articulate well for lawmakers the importance of supporting funding that makes these cherished green spaces possible.  

Join us this month on Twitter and Instagram in showing your elected officials how much you value your local parks. Tweet or post a photo of your community’s park(s) using hashtag #MyLocalPark and mention your members of Congress in the tweet or post.

Get Started

In each tweet and post, remember to:

  • Include APA's official hashtag, #MyLocalPark
  • Mention your members of Congress
    • Pro Tip: You can find your legislators’ Twitter and Instagram handles on their webpages, accessible through and
  • Include a picture(s) of a local park

Sample Tweets

Canal Park is a neighborhood gem in DC. Great tool for stormwater management and connecting people #MyLocalPark

Millennium Park — amazing architecture, design and art. So lucky to have this in my community #MyLocalPark

Thankful to have a place close to home where my family can play safely #MyLocalPark

Have questions about how to get started on Twitter or Instagram? Contact Emily Pasi at  

To learn more about other easy ways to voice your support for funding critical to community parks, check out our policy post on APA’s blog and our Legislative Action Center.

Top image: Thinkstock photo.

August 4, 2016

By Emily Pasi