NPCA's Park Advocate » urban parks News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:56:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Building (on) Bridges Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:35:35 +0000 For nearly a century, Anacostia Park in Washington, D.C., has served as a playground for area residents while also preserving a critical shoreline area and protecting the natural scenery and water quality of the Anacostia River. The 1,200 acres of parkland along the river’s banks have seen recent improvements with more opportunities for recreational access, […]]]> 0 New Video Showcases Youth Who Love Gateway Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:51:15 +0000 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an intern at Gateway National Recreational Area? This urban oasis covers more than 26,000 acres of beachfront, salt marshes, grasslands, forest, and wildlife habitat—much of it just outside New York City. Having so much green space so close to one of the largest cities […]]]> 0 “100% Community-Driven” Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:19:53 +0000 California outdoorswoman Teresa Baker doesn’t just love national parks. She encourages thousands of people around the country to love them, too. For two years, she has been the driving force behind a series of successful events encouraging people of color to spend a weekend exploring nature and history. Teresa’s project, the African American National Parks […]]]> 0 Youth Push for Pullman on Capitol Hill Fri, 23 May 2014 15:00:38 +0000 Earlier this month, NPCA and its supporters met with members of Congress to discuss creating Chicago’s first national park in the Pullman Historic District, the first model industrial town where the famous Pullman sleeper train cars were manufactured. This group included an important constituent group that NPCA is excited to see advocating for national parks—Millennials. Carina […]]]> 0 Trivia Challenge: Name This “Crooked River” Park Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:40:47 +0000 Q: Decades before this Midwestern site officially became a national park, the severe pollution in its river outraged and embarrassed the country, helping to spur the creation of the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Earth Day. The park’s name—which is also the river’s name—is the Mohawk word meaning “crooked river.” Can you […]]]> 2 Laying the Groundwork: Reclaiming D.C.’s “Forgotten River” Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:24:56 +0000 Imagine having a beautiful river in your backyard, but being afraid to enjoy it. The Anacostia has a bad reputation in Maryland and Washington, D.C., as one of the nation’s most endangered rivers. Suffering from heavy pollution and a lack of interest, some locals have dubbed the Anacostia the “forgotten river.” Thankfully, community advocates are […]]]> 0 One Step Closer to Chicago’s First National Park Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:26:31 +0000 Today, just days after the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, Congress is one step closer to preserving a Chicago site rich with Civil Rights and labor rights history by introducing legislation that would name the historic Pullman neighborhood as the city’s first national park. The Pullman Company was home to the Brotherhood of Sleeping […]]]> 0 Restoring Resiliency at Dyke Marsh Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:18:52 +0000 A year ago, Superstorm Sandy slammed the East Coast, demonstrating once again the power of nature. It left behind $65 billion in damage affecting 24 states and 70 national parks. Sandy’s fury was also a reminder of the power of nature’s ecological services, including the ability of wetlands, beaches, underwater grasses, and other natural assets […]]]> 1 GirlTrek Takes On National Parks and Helps Black Women and Girls Take Back Their Health Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:00:58 +0000 During the month of August, black women and girls from across the country laced up their boots and stepped out to walk in national parks as part of GirlTrek’s Summer Trek Series, a partnership with the National Park Service to support “Healthy Parks, Healthy People.” GirlTrek, a national nonprofit and health organization that inspires and […]]]> 0 A Legacy Marches On Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:11:02 +0000 “We cannot walk alone.” With those words, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. urged a nation to recognize that the destiny—and the freedom—of all Americans is a shared one. Today, we reflect on an August afternoon 50 years ago, when a quarter of a million people walked together, uniting in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom—a historic demonstration […]]]> 2