Mayors for Parks

Champions for Urban Park Funding

The Mayor for Parks Coalition, a project of the City Parks Alliance, is a national, bipartisan coalition of mayors from large and small cities across the country that support strong park systems.

The coalition advocates for increased federal funding for our nation’s urban parks. Specifically, the coalition seeks full and dedicated funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), increased funding for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP), and inclusion of parks as an eligible component in any infrastructure package.

Mayors for Parks Highlights

City Parks Alliance and its Mayors for Parks Coalition support increased federal funding to our nation’s urban parks through letters to Congress and the administration, op-eds, events, adopted US Conference of Mayors resolutions, blogs, conference panels, social media, and educational visits with administration officials, members of Congress, and staff from relevant agencies.

Mayors for Parks Co-Chairs

Increased Federal Funding for Parks

Mayors for Parks is one strategy that City Parks Alliance uses to draw attention to the need for greater funding. Based in Washington, DC, we also work with various traditional and non-traditional coalitions to advocate for greater federal investment in our nation’s parks by regularly meeting with Congressional offices and the administration, developing tools, publishing opinion columns to highlight the benefits of park funding, and organizing an annual Day on the Hill.

With the permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in early 2019, City Parks Alliance is now working with the Mayors for Parks Coalition, our members, and others to seek full and dedicated funding for LWCF, increased funding for city parks through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program, and inclusion of parks as an eligible component in any infrastructure legislation.

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