Green Infrastructure in Parks for Underserved Communities

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • Various approaches to project selection and performance management
  • Innovative strategies for aligning funding decisions to performance measures
  • How to apply innovative approaches in your community by overcoming barriers and harnessing opportunities

Green infrastructure is quickly becoming the go-to economical and environmentally friendly solution to ensure resiliency in extreme weather situations, moving beyond the aging, "grey" stormwater management systems. Local parks and open space areas are ideally suited for green infrastructure approaches, which often improve and enhance public spaces to benefit the social, environmental, and economic aspects of a community.

The Great Urban Parks Campaign, a collaboration between APA and the National Recreation and Parks Association, is equipping planners and park and recreation professionals to improve social and environmental outcomes while applying green infrastructure principles and practices.

Learn how green infrastructure in urban parks is an efficient way to reduce flooding, improve water quality and wildlife habitat, and increase biodiversity, all while providing opportunities for access to nature and outdoor recreation in underserved communities.

Hear from planners and others involved in four pilot projects that are showcasing how green infrastructure can be leveraged to improve multiple outcomes. The $1.75 million Great Urban Parks Campaign grant award is being used to develop new public parks in Atlanta and Denver and revitalize existing parks in Baltimore and Pittsburgh.


Richard Dolesh , National Recreation and Park Association , Ashburn , VA (see bio)
Jennifer Henaghan , AICP , American Planning Association , Chicago , IL (see bio)