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Urban Parks and Recreation

Pennsylvania Urban Parks and Recreation Alliance

The 2010 Leadership Summit attendees identified urban parks and recreation as a area of critical need. The Pennsylvania Urban Parks and Recreation Alliance was formed to help make urban areas in Pennsylvania healthier, more livable, and economically competitive through the revitalization and development of parks, green space, and recreation opportunities. Become a member of the Alliance to receive interesting news and updates regarding urban parks and recreation by clicking here.

Urban Park Facts

          (Acreage, Access and Distribution Data, Spending and Staffing Data Tables, Facilities Data)







  • American Rivers: Rivers in Urban Settings
    “American Rivers is working to reconnect communities with their urban rivers through blue trails and river cleanups and advocates for innovative approaches to water management like green infrastructure, natural flood management, and water efficiency practices.”

           “...year-round project developed and launched by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Its primary

           purpose is to reach diverse urban audiences who do not already participate in science or 

           scientific investigation."

  • City Parks Alliance
    “…the only independent, nationwide membership organization solely dedicated to urban parks. It unites and serves a growing network of hundreds of civic and community leaders, government agencies, parks and recreation authorities, founders and others.”

           “ a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1900 as an advocate for

           Pennsylvania's 3rd class cities."

          “The mission of the Philadelphia Parks Alliance is to champion the public's interest in

          outstanding parks, recreation and open spaces, the key to making Philadelphia a healthy,

          vibrant and sustainable city for all."


          “...improving the quality of life for the people of Pittsburgh by restoring the park system to

          excellence in partnership with government and the community."

          Resources for urban parks

          “The mission of the San Francisco Parks Alliance is to inspire and promote civic engagement

          and philanthropy to protect, sustain, and enrich San Francisco parks, recreation and green 

          open spaces."

          Library of Sustainable Municipal Policies and Practices

          “...intended to bring recognition to Pennsylvania municipalities that are distinguished in

          applying the policy and practice of sustainability as their way of operating in order to

          advance community prosperity."

  • The Trust for Public Land: ParkScore
    “ParkScore is the most comprehensive rating system ever developed to measure how well the 60 largest U.S. cities are meeting the need for parks.”
  • Urban Ecology Center
    “…fosters ecological understanding as inspiration for change,
    neighborhood by neighborhood.”
  • Urban Land Institute
    “The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide."