From strengthening social bonds to building climate resiliency, we know parks have the power to transform communities. Support Our Work
Parks empower communities to tackle social, health, and environmental challenges.
Green spaces not only foster social connection—they also give people a space to build a vision of the future together.
Our decades of working with communities and local leaders from a diverse cross section of the country has taught us that it’s the process of designing, programming, and stewarding public spaces that really catalyzes the building of community.
We work with communities to help make their vision of green space a reality. That means collaborating with city officials and community groups to generate funding and create parks that address health needs, reflect local culture, and meet the community’s aspirations. This collaborative process ensures every park is welcoming, well-used, and well-loved.
To create communities with strong relationships, start at your local park.
Evidence shows that neighborhoods with parks have stronger social networks than those that don’t. These social connections make communities more responsive to challenges such as preparing for and coping with natural disasters, improving public health, and building trust with local governments.
Parks are incubators for culture. Inclusive, safe public spaces are where cultures connect and individuals take pride in their community. This type of connection and sense of identity is vital for an ever-diversifying and -digitizing country. Not only can open spaces preserve important cultural and historical sites that celebrate communities, but they can also provide safe, quality spaces for education, programming, and cultural events.
Individuals are healthier, happier, and more connected to one another when they spend time outdoors, all of which makes for stronger communities. Because our participatory process is inclusive and respectful, every project we support leans on the expertise of residents, leaders, and partners—honoring their wealth of knowledge. And when community members take part in the creation and upkeep of local parks, it gives them the confidence and agency to dream up even bigger solutions—and make them happen.
Urge your representatives to make green spaces a priority. Add your name to one or all of our current petitions and help us take a stand.