City Parks Alliance Applauds the Introduction of the Parks, Jobs, Equity Act

City Parks Alliance Applauds the Introduction of the Parks, Jobs, Equity Act

Washington, DC – Representatives Nanette Barragán (D-CA), Mike Turner (R-OH), and Joe Neguse (D-CO)  introduced the “Parks, Jobs, Equity Act” on March 9.  This $500 million park bill is intended to provide stimulus as well relief for cities to help with the impact of COVID-19. The money would be funded through the current LWCF Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program and focuses on creating and renovating outdoor recreation facilities, supporting park personnel, and promoting job training, all with an emphasis on underserved communities.

The following statement is from Julie Waterman, Advocacy Director, City Parks Alliance: 

“City Parks Alliance applauds Representatives Nanette Barragán (D-CA), Mike Turner (R-OH), and Joe Neguse (D-CO) for introducing the “Parks, Jobs, Equity Act,” a bill that will help cities recover from COVID-19. During the pandemic, city parks across the country have experienced a substantial increase in park use, yet park budgets have been cut and staff laid off. This bill will improve outdoor recreation opportunities, provide job opportunities, and engage and empower youth in underserved communities. All critical to the recovery of our cities.”

For additional context, read Rep. Barragán’s statement on her work as well as Rep. Turner’s official release. Advocacy initiatives such as this one were a key element in our letter to the Biden-Harris administration from the Mayors for Parks Coalition sent at the end of 2020 as the current administration prepared to take office.

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.

 

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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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Tom McCann
Director of Communications and Marketing
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202-831-4619

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