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Sharon, MA & Washington, DC – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) and City Parks Alliance announced that Kathy Abbott, The Trustees’ Executive Vice President, was recently elected Co-chair of the City Parks Alliance Board of Directors. Kathy will serve jointly with Elizabeth Goldstein, President of the California State Parks Foundation. City Parks Alliance is a national network of urban park and recreation leaders working to increase federal, state and local investment in America’s urban parks, which play a vital role in building stronger, healthier, and more livable cities.
Kathy Abbott has been a member of the City Parks Alliance board since October 2007. She serves on the advocacy committee, which is working to develop new national policies and advance existing federal legislative opportunities around urban parks nationwide. She brings extensive experience in the public and nonprofit sectors to the national urban parks movement through her work with The Trustees, the nation’s oldest regional land trust, and as the former Massachusetts Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation. As Executive Vice President of The Trustees, Kathy is leading the organization’s drive to expand its urban conservation work across Massachusetts with Urban Parks Advocates, a statewide network of nonprofits, community groups, businesses, public agencies, municipalities, and individuals, who care about urban parks. To become part of this new network go to www.UrbanParkAdvocates.org.
“Parks are the ingredients that make our cities healthy, interesting, fun places to live. I’m thrilled to be working with the City Parks Alliance at the national level to strengthen parks while doing similar work in Massachusetts at the state and local levels,” says Abbott. “Since 2002, The Trustees of Reservations have worked with partners in Fall River, Fitchburg, Holyoke, Leominster, and Lowell to protect land and provide opportunities for city residents to enjoy the outdoors. In 2006, The Trustees affiliated with Boston Natural Areas Network, which supports and advocates for community gardens, urban wilds, and greenways in Boston. With the majority of Massachusetts’ population now living in urban areas, The Trustees see green spaces such as parks, greenways, and community gardens as a critical ingredients of creating sustainable, livable cities” adds Abbott.
At their annual meeting, the City Parks Alliance board also elected as new board members Douglas Blonsky, President of the Central Park Conservancy of New York City, and Caroline Cunningham, President of the Trust for the National Mall in Washington, DC.
About City Parks Alliance
City Parks Alliance (CPA) is a national leader in working to create vibrant and healthy parks and green spaces that contribute to sustainable cities by organizing, facilitating, and nurturing a broad-based movement nationwide. City Parks Alliance is composed of a myriad of organizations in the public, nonprofit, and professional sectors, all dedicated to championing high-quality urban parks throughout the nation. City Parks Alliance’s network is vital to developing sound public policy that recognizes city parks as an integral part of forming stronger, more vibrant cities that nurture citizens from every walk of life. CPA’s vision for urban parks is that, by 2020, everyone in urban America will live within walking distance of a park that is clean, safe, and vibrant. For more information, see www.cityparksalliance.org.
About The Trustees of Reservations
Founded in 1891 by open space visionary Charles Eliot, The Trustees of Reservations own and manage 101 reservations spanning more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts. All open for the public to enjoy, The Trustees’ reservations are tremendously diverse--from mountains, hilltops, and working farms, to urban parks, historic homes, elegant gardens, 70 miles of stunning coastline, and five National Historic Landmarks–-and offer scores of opportunities for Massachusetts residents to enjoy open spaces and historic places. The Trustees also hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 16,000 additional acres--permanently protecting scenic and natural areas from development--and have assisted community partners in the protection of an additional 16,000 acres.
The Trustees are working to inspire and mobilize a critical mass of people who care to protect places they care about and enhance the quality of life in their communities. For more information, please visit www.thetrustees.org.