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New Bipartisan Group of Mayors to Encourage Congress, White House on Support for Parks

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Fort Worth and Denver — Betsy Price, the Republican mayor of Fort Worth, TX, and Michael B. Hancock, the Democratic mayor of Denver, CO, have launched a new bipartisan effort to support federal funding for public parks, trails and green spaces in urban areas. The Mayors for Parks coalition is a project of City Parks Alliance and will make the case to Congress and the White House about why parks are so vital to urban areas. Specifically, the coalition is pushing for re-authorization and robust funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is set to expire in 2015 and is a critical source of funding for city parks across the country.
 
The coalition launch this week is especially timely as legislators in Congress are in the midst of budget negotiations.
 
At its launch, the coalition includes Mayor Sean Becker (I) 
of Bozeman, MT; 
Mayor Chris Coleman (D) 
of St. Paul, MN; Mayor Charlie Hales (D) 
of Portland, OR; Mayor Greg Stanton (D)
 of Phoenix, AZ and Mayor Pedro Segarra (D) of Hartford, CT. The coalition also released two short web videos today of Mayor Price and Mayor Hancock discussing the importance of parks and LWCF funding for their cities.
 
Created in 1965, the LWCF has funded the creation of more than 42,000 state and local parks, playgrounds, urban wildlife refuges, greenways, trails and open spaces. The LWCF is also critical to protecting and improving recreational access to America’s national parks, forests and wildlife refuges. The fund is paid for by royalties from offshore oil and gas development, but Congress has continually diverted funding from the LWCF – leaving it underfunded by millions of dollars each year. The mayors will be working over the next several months to broaden the coalition to include additional mayors and encourage federal legislators to support renewal and robust funding of the LWCF.
 
The mayors launched the coalition on a media conference call today. An audio recording is available upon request.

To view the full press release, please click here.

 

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