Washington, DC – The United States Senate has passed the “Great American Outdoors Act” (S.3422), which permanently dedicates $900 million per year in funding for the Land & Water Conservation Fund and reduces the maintenance backlog on our public lands.
The following statement is from Catherine Nagel, Executive Director of the City Parks Alliance:
“This historic, bipartisan commitment by the U.S. Senate will permanently fund the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), reduce the maintenance backlog on our public lands, and provide more equitable access to nature for millions of families. LWCF has been one of our nation’s most successful conservation programs, creating vibrant parks that support public health, the environment, workforce development, the economy, and our communities.”
“During the coronavirus pandemic we have experienced a renewed understanding of the important role parks and greenspace play in our physical and mental health, and parks will play an essential role in the recovery of our cities. Permanent funding for LWCF will help provide access to parks and outdoor recreation opportunities for those that need it most.”
Since 1964, the Land & Water Conservation Fund has supported more than 44,000 state and local parks, playgrounds, urban wildlife refuges, trails, and open spaces. The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program, a program within LWCF, directs funds specifically to underserved urban communities for new outdoor recreation spaces and renovations to existing parks and recreation centers.
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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