Grant award will improve a local park through the Great Urban Parks Campaign

The City of Lake Charles has been selected for a Great Urban Parks Campaign grant by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The City is one of 10 organizations awarded the grant, which supports the development of green stormwater infrastructure.

Green stormwater infrastructure in parks offer an effective way to positively impact environmental and social change, especially within underserved communities. Projects can mitigate the effects of climate-related weather events, improve community health, increase access to green space and nature, and provide opportunities for education, employment and social inclusion. By empowering local residents through meaningful community engagement, projects can address community needs while meeting local stormwater management goals. The grant award issued to the City of Lake Charles will be used to make significant upgrades to Hillcrest Park.

“This is an exciting day not only for the community surrounding Hillcrest Park, but also for the entire City of Lake Charles,” said City of Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter. “Since announcing our Partners in Parks program in July, we’ve secured more than $500,000 in private funds to make major improvements across the city at our parks, without raising taxes for our citizens. This historic grant will allow us to make some very significant changes to this park that will greatly enhance the usability and functionality of the existing greenspace at Hillcrest Park.”

“We are excited to see the positive impacts these green infrastructure projects will have in their communities,” said Lori Robertson, NRPA’s Director of Conservation. “Utilizing parks to mitigate flooding and other climate-related weather impacts is a critical strategy in protecting neighborhoods. We know from our past work that these projects also offer a multitude of benefits beyond environmental ones including improved community health, park access, and social cohesion.  We’re looking forward to seeing those impacts multiply with these upcoming projects.”

The Great Urban Parks Campaign aims to demonstrate the social and environmental benefits of green stormwater infrastructure in underserved communities — including increased public access to recreational opportunities and access to nature via parks.

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About the National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit