Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Stand and Deliver

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Stand and Deliver

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It's time for the Administration and Congress to do the right thing.

FRANKLY, I'M DISAPPOINTED. I thought this Administration and this Congress would have done moie to bring federal funding and resources for parks and recreation to our cities, counties, and states. But we are nearly two years into this Administration and two years into a new Congress, and there simply isn't much to show for their efforts.

Take the Land and Water Conservation Fund, for example. While legislation for full and dedicated LWCF was moving forward, NRPA secured an amendment that would have placed into law a requirement for equal distribution of funds between state and federal sides of the program. This is a huge issue for us, as currently state side programs receive less than 20 percent of LWCF funds while federal programs receive over 80 percent of funds!

Our efforts were blocked, however, when the Department oí Interior asked the sponsor to withdraw his amendment. We want this Administration to stand by its commitment to see more funding directed to the states and localities who are delivering on the goals of this Administration: namely, promoting physical activity, reducing childhood obesity, serving urban populations, and conserving vital land and waters.

Another example is the stimulus package, a.k.a. the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Nearly $800 billion was approved by Congress in a rush to get our country back to work by making investments in local economies and jobs. At a critical point in the deliberations of how the funds could be used, a few senators unuaterally decided that it was impermissible to use stimulus funds for community parks, zoos, museums, or other legitimate public works purposes. …

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