Land and Water Conservation Fund

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Land and Water Conservation Fund

A Smart Investment for America’s Economy

This report highlights how cities are using Land and Water Conservation Fund grants to create measurable environmental, economic, and public health returns on urban park investments.

Eighty percent of America’s population now lives in cities, placing a renewed focus on the value of city parks. The report showcases LWCF park projects in nine metropolitan areas in the United States that have generated local, public and private investment, leading to the creation of new green spaces, more efficient storm drainage, improved public health and neighborhood revitalization. View more information about LWCF and our federal advocacy for funding here.

A Smart Investment for America’s Health

Today, more than 80% of Americans live in urban areas and the need for parks and close-to-home recreation has never been greater. Extensive research shows parks play a critical role in making cities healthier places: they provide opportunities for outdoor activity, alleviate the psychological stress of urban life, and help clean the air and water. Parks have also shown to be a smart public investment, and are a tool in reducing public health expenses.