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Urban Parks and Recreation Legislation: A Look at Urban Park and Recreation Legislation, and Nutrition Programs

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Urban Parks and Recreation Legislation: A Look at Urban Park and Recreation Legislation, and Nutrition Programs

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IN THE HOUSE, REP. ALBIO SIRES' (D-NJ) Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act (URLC, H.R. 3734) now has 131 co-sponsors. This legislation would provide funding opportunities for rehabilitation of existing, and construction of new, green space and recreational areas and facilities in urban communities. NRPA staff has worked closely with Congressman Sires's staff and believes that one of the best opportunities to advance the legislation will be to attach it to Rep. Perlmutter's (D-CO) Livable Communities Act (H.R. 4590) which may move through committee once Congress returns from the August recess. The Livable Communities Act is focused on providing grants to communities to help them plan for and create better places to live, work, and raise families.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will soon introduce a companion bill to the URLC, titled the REVAMP Act. Sen. Whitehouse is looking for original co-sponsors to sign on to the legislation before officially introducing the bill. Having the support of other Senators, particularly members of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, will give the bill a much better chance to move to passage. Senators Mendendez (D-NJ), Schumer (D-NY), and Reed (D-RI) appear to be the most interested at this time and NRPA staff is working with Sen. Whitehouse's office and the Urban Park Coalition to secure co-sponsors. In the Senate, the Livable Communities Act (S. 1619) introduced by Chairman Dodd (D-CT) recently moved out of committee. At this time, plans are to attach REVAMP as an amendment to the Livable Communities Act on the Senate floor.

The Livable Communities Acts in both the Senate and the House are likely to move quickly, and NRPA will be monitoring both closely in hopes to attach the urban parks bills to both pieces of legislation. NRPA advocates are encouraged to contact their Senators and Members of Congress and urge them to support Urban Revitalization through investment in parks and recreation areas and facilities. For more information please contact Joel Pannell of the NRPA Public Policy office at jpannell@nrpa.org.

Nutrition and Feeding Programs

In other legislative news, the Senate recently passed a Child Nutrition Reauthorization in the form of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 (S. …

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