Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of American landscape architecture, knew that parks are not a luxury. He understood that parks connect us to nature and contribute to our mental and physical wellbeing. Parks and public spaces promote community, spur economic vitality and help bring diverse people together.

The value of parks and other public green spaces has never been more evident than in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. And yet, in too many places, communities lack access. At the same time, many park budgets are being cut, forcing staff to do more with much less. The Olmsted 200 campaign gives everyone an unprecedented opportunity to preserve, protect and advocate for these spaces so that future generations can enjoy them.

Advocacy Toolkit

In our Advocacy Toolkit, you’ll find easy-to-use guides and checklists for:

  • Lobbying elected leaders
  • Identifying funding resources
  • Drafting op-eds and letters to the editor
  • Nominating a historic place for national register status
  • Locating other resources to inform your advocacy

Become a Celebration Partner

Parks, associations and other nonprofits are encouraged to join the Olmsted 200 celebration! Visit our Celebration Partner Resources to download branding and marketing tools, celebration ideas and much more.