Washington, DC – The United States House of Representatives has passed the “Moving Forward Act” (H.R.2), legislation that will provide $1.5 trillion for transportation, climate resilience, and other infrastructure. The legislation also includes the Outdoors for All Act, which dedicates funding for city parks through the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Outdoor Resources Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP).
The following statement is from Catherine Nagel, Executive Director of the City Parks Alliance:
“We were thrilled to see that the Outdoors for All Act was included in the House infrastructure bill. City parks and recreational facilities are at the heart of resilient and equitable cities and during the coronavirus pandemic we have experienced a renewed understanding of the important role parks and greenspace play in our physical and mental health. The Outdoors for All Act will expand access to parks and recreational opportunities specifically in underserved communities.
“Parks and green infrastructure – especially in low-income communities where their many benefits are most needed – is often limited, leaving many residents without access to quality parks, recreational opportunities, and other positive environmental conditions. The ORLP is a unique, nationally competitive grant program that delivers funding to urban areas, prioritizing projects in economically disadvantaged areas and lacking in outdoor recreation opportunities.
“Parks and greenspace are vital civic infrastructure and parks will play an essential role in the recovery of our cities. Investments in city parks yield important returns helping to address some of our greatest urban challenges-from stormwater management and flood prevention to reducing public health costs, economic revitalization, and job growth.”
Since its launch in December 2013, the bipartisan Mayors for Parks Coalition, a project of City Parks Alliance, has encouraged Congress and the White House for increased federal investment for city parks.
City Parks Alliance is the only independent, nationwide membership organization solely dedicated to urban parks. Its mission is to engage, educate and nurture a broad based constituency to support the creation, revitalization and sustainability of parks and green spaces that contribute to dynamic cities. City Parks Alliance unites and serves a growing network of hundreds of civic and community leaders, government agencies, parks and recreation authorities, funders and others.
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