Magazine article Parks & Recreation

2009 Urban Park Summit

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

2009 Urban Park Summit

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ON SEPT. 22, 2009, THE National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) assembled a group of roughly 75 Congressional leaders, cabinet members, administration officials, mayors and urban park directors for the association's Urban Park Summit in Washington, D.C. The landmark summit provided an opportunity for mayors and park directors to sit side side-by-side with high-level members of the U.S. government to address-through frank and open exchanges--essential needs and emerging opportunities for urban parks in America.

Speakers and panelists highlighting the summit included: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior; Ron Sims, deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; John Porcari, deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation; Sergio Rojas, executive director, President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; David Agnew, chief, White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; and, Adolfo Carrion, director, White House Office of Urban Policy.

While the morning dealt with issues and trends in urban parks policy and achieving alignment among federal officials, the afternoon sessions focused on building support for parks in the White House's new urban policy plans, while helping to secure Congressional and White House support for urban parks legislation. Rep. Albio Sires of New Jersey's 13th District presented a then-draft of the Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act (H.R. 3734), which was formally presented to Congress on Oct. …

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