City Parks Alliance Promotes Parks as vital Infrastructure through video and media activity ( Nov 2017 update )

City Parks: America’s New Infrastructure – Transportation is the third video in a five-part series documenting the role of parks as critical urban infrastructure. Li near parks, including bike and walking trails, provide multiple benefits to cities from transportation options, to connecting communities, to spurring private investment. “It’s time to recognize the diverse benefits of city parks,” said Catherine Nagel, executive director of City Parks Alliance. According to recent research from Georgia Institute of Technology, 80% of cyclists on the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans and 64% of cyclists on The 606 in Chicago, two of the parks featured in the video, are using these linear parks for transportation needs.
The series, City Parks: America’s New Infrastructure, documents dozens of parks of various types and sizes that are helping drive economic growth while addressing other urban challenges. The videos, research, and supporting materials for CPA members, government officials, urban planners, and others are available at
Please use these with your elected officials, city council members, and others when advocating for the benefits of city parks or kicking off a conversations with stakeholders in your community. When additional videos are released they will also be added to the page.

Previously the City Parks Alliance ( CPA ) launched their second video in our series “City Parks:  America’s New Infrastructure.”  This video focuses on the health and social benefits of urban parks.  It is live on our website:  The first video is an introduction to the series and is located at the same address.

Also, CPA is proud of Exec. Dir. Catherine Nagel’s new column in Next City magazine..  Making City Parks More Than Just Places to Play.