Greening Parks and Sustainable Practices

The DCNR Bureau of Recreation and Conservation is a strong proponent of green/sustainable parks, trails, recreation facilities and conservation areas. The links below are designed to help communities and organizations achieve green/sustainable practices on their public sites. 

Check out the Philadelphia's Green Infrastructure Campaign Featured in New Documentary, Water Blues Green Solutions.  

Green Building

Green Park Award

To recognize excellence in the public park community for those that demonstrate the integration of green and sustainable park practices


Pennsylvania's Interactive Sustainable Park Design Model

Through this interactive map, explore and learn about green and sustainable amenities, practices and resources viable within a community park setting.  Use the scrollbar to search elements.   Click on letters and numbers to see more information about each element.  Mouse over the words full size map to see an overview of the entire park design.



Materials Selection and Construction

Information and resources related to best practices in sustainable site maintenance and development


Conserve Energy -
Operations & Maintenance

Information and resources related to energy conservation



Connect People to Nature

Information and resources related to connecting people to nature


Community Gardens

A series of documents developed to assist communities with establishing a community garden program



Natural Landscaping and Trees

Information and resources related to natural landscaping and trees


Manage Stormwater Naturally / Green Infrastructure

Information and resources related to stormwater best management practices