Washington, DC – The United States House of Representatives passed the “Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act” (H.R. 803), legislation that includes the Outdoors for All Act, a bill that dedicates funding to cities for park projects in underserved communities. The Outdoors for All Act establishes the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program as federal law.
The landmark public lands legislation (H.R. 803) also permanently protects public lands and waters in California, Colorado, and Washington by designating approximately 1.5 million acres of wilderness and incorporating more than 1,000 river miles into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
The following statement is from Julie Waterman, Advocacy Director, City Parks Alliance:
“Everyone deserves a clean, well maintained park and the passage of the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, which includes the Outdoors for All Act, is a huge win for all communities no matter their zip code. City Park Alliance applauds Representative Barragán (D-CA) for her support for the Outdoors for All Act. People need parks more than ever for their physical and mental health. The passage of the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, with the Outdoors for All included, will help provide safer, more equitable access to parks and greenspaces for all Americans.”
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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