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CPA Board Member Eric Tamulonis to Present at the IDRD VII International Parks Forum in Bogota

City Parks Alliance Board Member Eric Tamulonis will be joining urban park advocates from around the world next week in Bogotá, Columbia, to address the issues and solutions around climate change in urban parks.

Eric will be speaking as part of IDRD’s International Parks Forum, a global gathering of city and regional planners, urban designers, landscape architects, and architects. With a reputation for innovation and urban planning, Bogotá is a fitting location for a conference that aims to showcase the innovative practices of environmental and cultural sustainability, and highlight specific city projects that address the threats and challenges that climate change presents to our parks.

As a Principal of WRT Design in Philadelphia, Eric is an expert in the planning and design of parks of open space systems, as well as institutional, historical, and academic landscapes. His projects have included The Parklands of Floyds Fork in Louisville, KY, Dutch Kills Green in Queens, NY, Red Mountain Park in Birmingham, AL, and Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA, among many others.

If you happen to be in Bogota next week from October 21-23, entry to the IDRD VII Foro Internacional de Parques is free of charge, or you can follow the discussion on Twitter at @laliniciativa.

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North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) U.S. Small Grants Program


November 7, 2014

The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).

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Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards


Application Deadline:
October 15, 2014

Levitt Pavilions has announced a new matching grant opportunity serving small and mid-sized cities across the country. 10 grantees will be awarded up to $25K each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series---an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse lineup of high caliber entertainment.

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City Parks Alliance 2014 Webinar Series


How to Develop Public-Private Partnerships
November 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM EST

Public-private partnership models have become increasingly popular throughout the United States as a way of managing parks.  But what is the best way to create a partnership framework?  Panelists will discuss agreements with municipalities and governance structures.

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Interior Secretary Jewell Joins with CPA Mayors for Parks Coalition Members to Celebrate 50th Year of Land and Water Conservation Fund


On July 8, Mayors for Parks co-chair Mayor Betsy Price (Fort Worth, TX) joined Interior Secretary Jewell as she announced $43 million in funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to states for parks and outdoor recreation. Jewell cited Fort Worth's Gateway Park as a prime example of how the LWCF can improve the quality of life for local residents through recreation enhancements. Fort Worth was the first stop in a week-long series of events organized by the Department of Interior highlighting the Fund's upcoming anniversary and the need for its renewal. Mayors for Parks, a program of the City Parks Alliance, is a bipartisan coalition of mayors from across the country working to secure reauthorization and full funding of LWCF, which is set to expire in 2015.

On July 9, Secretary Jewell visited Birmingham, AL, where she met with Mayor William Bell. They toured Red Mountain Park (designated a Frontline Park by City Parks Alliance) and East Lake Park. She spoke before a large crowd of local parks, recreation, and conservation stakeholders and recognized the city as way ahead of the curve when it comes to parks and open spaces. City Parks Alliance staff and local organizational members were on hand at both events, which received extensive press coverage.

CPA thanks Fort Worth Parks and Recreation, Streams and Valleys, Birmingham Parks and Recreation, Red Mountain Park, and Railroad Park Foundation for making these events a great success.


Sign Up for Greater & Greener 2015 Updates

Presented by City Parks Alliance in partnership with San Francisco Recreation & Parks and other regional CPA members, Greater & Greener 2015 will take you on an exploration of some of the best and creative park partnerships in the world.

Four days of interactive learning and exchange:
  • Weekend Tours showcasing the best of San Francisco and Bay Area parks and recreation activities
  • Forward-thinking Keynotes, Plenaries and Breakout Sessions that survey the rapid social and environmental transformation facing urban parks
  • Mobile Workshops that continue the conversation outdoors and feature innovation at its best: right in the parks
  • Catch up and collaborate with friends and colleagues at our NetworkingReceptions, Exhibits and Special Events.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see how new urban park models and management strategies are emerging to meet the needs of our new, connected communities.  Mark your calendar and sign up for updates today!

CPA Praises Mayors for Passage of New Resolution for the Land and Water Conservation Fund


Dallas, TX – On June 23, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) approved a new resolution that supports reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The resolution passed unanimously at the USCM annual meeting in Dallas, TX. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, co-chair of the Mayors for Parks coalition, presented the resolution.

Catherine Nagel, City Parks Alliance’s Executive Director, praised the mayors for their full support of the resolution. “The approval of the resolution by mayors demonstrates the broad support LWCF enjoys across the country. Mayors know the critical role that parks play in improving the health and vitality of their cities and surrounding regions and understand that LWCF is an important source of funding to protect and enhance urban green space.”

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a vital source of funding for local governments to create and protect green spaces in urban and metropolitan areas. The LWCF is set to expire on September 30, 2015. President Obama recently called on Congress to fully fund the legislation as part of the 2015 budget, and the mayors’ resolution joined the president and other supporters, including Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, in speaking out strongly in support of reauthorizing the LWCF.

Mayors for Parks, a project of City Parks Alliance, was launched in December 2013. The bipartisan coalition supports reauthorization and full funding of LWCF.

The full text of the Conference of Mayors resolution can be found here:


Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program


Application Deadline:
August 15, 2014

The National Park Service (NPS) State and Local Assistance Division announces the availability of $3 million set aside in FY 2014 appropriations for Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance grants for a new nationally competitive grant program. State and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribes are invited to submit proposals for matching grants to support projects that would acquire or develop public land for outdoor recreation purposes located within or serving jurisdictions with a population of 50,000 or more people that are densely settled.

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Move It Monday


The Monday Innovation Fund

Deadline: Rolling

The goal of the Innovation Fund is to accelerate the development of Monday Campaign initiatives by providing grants from $5,000 -$10,000 to organizations that implement and evaluate Monday programs. Organizations can utilize the Monday Campaigns existing turnkey programs and creative or propose their own application of the Monday concept.

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Mayors for Parks Co-Chairs Praise LWCF Funding in President's Budget


Fort Worth & Denver — Betsy Price, the Republican Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, and Michael B. Hancock, the Democratic Mayor of Denver, Colorado, who are co-chairs of the Mayors for Parks Coalition, praised the inclusion of federal funding for urban parks, trails and green spaces through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which was in the President’s budget for fiscal year 2015, released today.

“Mayors across the country are pleased that the President kept his promise to fully fund LWCF in his proposed budget,” said Mayor Price.  “A fully funded LWCF will mean that in Fort Worth, and in cities across America, mayors will be better equipped to rise to the challenge of providing enough open space to sustain vibrant communities.”

Added Mayor Hancock, “A strong LWCF will help ensure that cities remain competitive and continue to thrive for generations to come. This is a first step, and mayors will continue to work with the administration and Congress to support full funding of LWCF so more communities can realize the benefits of this critical program that supports urban parks and allows green spaces to flourish.”

Since its launch in December 2013, the bipartisan Mayors for Parks, a project of City Parks Alliance, has encouraged Congress and the White House to help create and maintain parks in urban areas. Specifically, the coalition is pushing for reauthorization and full funding of LWCF, which is set to expire in 2015. The mayors will be working over the next several months to broaden the coalition to include additional mayors and encourage federal legislators to support renewal and full funding of the LWCF.

To view the full press release, click here.

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