Making Your Community’s Vision a Reality

[rhythmic percussive music] – ♪ We’re runnin’ all the time ♪ ♪ We’re runnin’ all the time ♪ – I was paddling
and having a lot of fun. Saturday I’m gonna come back! – To have those children
for the first time be able to learn a little bit
about the river that is their nearest neighbor, I think,
was an incredible step. – This is what the National
Park Service is all about: helping communities like yours with local conservation
and outdoor recreation projects. – Communities come to us
with energy and excitement and ideas for projects, and we bring technical expertise
to help them get their ideas on the ground. – The types of groups that apply
for our assistance include local community groups,
nonprofits, tribes,
and local governments. We work with community partners anywhere from a few months
to a couple of years. You really lead the projects, but we’re there
working with you. – Well,
during the past 25 years, the Compton Junior Posse
has evolved into a self-development
leadership program. The trail has been
underutilized, an eyesore because it was used
for a dumping grounds. The National Park Service
has been instrumental in trying to communicate
with the city to help us improve those trails. – The trail needs to be
re-graded and resurfaced. And we need safer
road crossings. I looked at examples
from the area of trails that have been
designed for equestrian uses in urban areas and have been
working with Mayisha and with the city to talk about implementation
for these changes. – The trail should actually be
the focus of the community. – The Harlem River Greenway
project is a project to connect communities by
creating a linear park greenway along the Harlem River
waterfront. – The High Bridge
is one central point, and Roberto Clemente State Park
is another central point. And all up and down the river, there will be more and more
public access and more and more recreation. – It’s important for people
to be able to use the resources in their community. – When we contacted National
Parks and we expressed interest, Jerry actually reached out to us
and helped guide us through the process,
gave us support, gave us ideas. – The idea that people shouldn’t
have to go someplace else to be healthy, to get their
daily dose of physical activity, that it’s available
within 10 blocks of where they live
is so important. – ♪ R-r-ready? ♪ ♪ R-r-r-ready? ♪ [upbeat music] [people cheering] – It has been huge having the National Park Service
involved in it. It’s made us highly visible. – With this attention that’s
being brought to the Greenway, we’re going to have
a better community here. – The National Park Service
does not fund projects directly, but we provide
technical expertise and help identify
funding sources. We accept applications for all
different types of projects. We look for projects
where communities already have some stakeholders
and have an idea but aren’t sure
about where to take it next. – So the vision is to have people living
within the asphalt quilt be able to connect
to each other, walk throughout
their neighborhood, and then walk up here to this
ultimate wellness center. – In the end, we want to be able
to provide maps of this location and for this neighborhood that are safe and walkable
right now and then to create
a prioritized list for the city and the county
to implement changes to make
a more walkable community. – We want to extend this trail
to the east. We want to extend it
to the west. And we’re looking forward
to Park Service help and assistance. – Some of the things
that appealed to us about this project,
as the Park Service, is that it was a small piece of what’ll be a large
regional vision of a network of trails. And also the City of Whittier had already made a strong
commitment to the project. – I love coming here. I don’t know what I’d do
without it. – These incredible projects
came out of the dreams, energy, and dedication of local communities
just like yours. We help you turn your ideas
into action. Do you want to see scenes
like these in your community? Not sure where to begin? A great first step
is to contact us. We’d love to talk with you
about your project and see what kind of assistance
we can offer your community.

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