What is a National Park City?

National Parks are places with amazing natural and cultural attractions that we recognize as special. We value and celebrate them and they inspire us. National Park Cities applies this idea to cities, where a diverse and creative community is constantly building the future.

A National Park City is a place, a vision and a city-wide community that is acting together to make life better for people, places and nature. A defining feature is the widespread commitment to act so people, culture and nature work together to provide a better foundation for life and so we can enjoy ourselves too. It is long-term, large-scale, hyperlocal, personal and intergenerational. Everyone in a National Park City has the potential to contribute and benefit every day.

London became the first National Park City in 2019 and is facilitating the growth of the movement along with World Urban Parks and Salzburg Global Seminar with the goal of 25 National Park Cities by 2025. Sacramento could be first city in North America.

National Park Cities have a Universal Charter that sets out a unifying ambition and shared set of goals for the National Park Cities movement.

The National Park City Foundation has set up structures to help establish new National Park Cities with a Journey Book, application process, and monthly online gatherings for support and learning.

Sacramento is currently at step 3 of the process as we explore what becoming a National Park City will mean for our region. Contribute your ideas !

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