The Conservation Fund helped pioneer a new definition of good conservation beginning in 1985 when we included economic development in our mission. Today, we’re deploying our conservation mission in some of the places it is needed most: America’s cities.
Although the Fund has worked in some of America’s largest urban areas for decades, we created our Parks With Purpose program to address the specific challenges facing urban conservation efforts. Parks With Purpose is about much more than protecting urban green space and parks: With state, county and city parks and resource departments bankrupt or underfunded it is not enough to simply protect the land and walk away. In many cities where we work, there isn’t any agency able to own the land, restore it, manage it or keep it thriving.
So how do we deal with this current conservation challenge?
A New Approach To Urban Conservation
America’s cities represent a unique opportunity for the Fund to provide our full suite of conservation services: land loans, real estate expertise, green infrastructure planning, community development, green business lending and job creation. It is this integration of services that makes The Conservation Fund an ideal partner for helping solve the complex problems facing urban landscapes. For each project, we work with the local community to identify, protect and restore the very best land that creates safer places for children to play and families to gather. We also demonstrate how these natural areas can filter, slow and clean floodwaters, grow healthy food and create green jobs.
Project Focus: Lindsay Street Park In Atlanta
The Proctor North Avenue area, which includes the English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods, lies in the shadow of downtown Atlanta, less than a mile from the Georgia Dome and the site where the Atlanta Falcons football team will build its new $1 billion stadium. Yet these streets are not the lifeline to Atlanta; they are plagued with some of the highest rates of crime, unemployment and foreclosure in the city. We’re working to change that.
Partner Focus: Amigos de los Rios in Los Angeles
The Fund is working with the nonprofit Amigos de los Rios to combine and update the green infrastructure plan for the Los Angeles area. Click on the video to watch Executive Director Claire Robinson’s talk about working with the Fund to increase green space and improve communities across the city.
Work With Us
Are you a nonprofit or city agency trying to improve your city’s green space or community parks? Find out if the Fund can help in your efforts. Contact Jena Meredith (see below) for more information about the Fund’s services.
Explore the links to our projects and videos to learn more about the cities where we’re working and the people we’re working with to revitalize and green urban communities across the country.