July 29, 2016
Reprinted from City Parks Alliance’s website: http://cityparksalliance.org/news-a-events/3-news/316-lwcf-resolution
On June 27, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) approved a new resolution that supports reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The resolution passed unanimously at the USCM annual meeting in Indianapolis, IN and was co-sponsored by 25 mayors from across the country. Mayor Jim Brainard of Carmel, IN, a member of the Mayors for Parks coalition, was the lead sponsor of the resolution.
The resolution highlights the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Grant Program Act of 2015, and calls on Congress to resurrect the Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery (UPARR) program, which provides resources directly to cities for urban parks but had not been funded since 2002.
With 80 percent of Americans living in cities, preserving parks and continuing to provide access to outdoor recreation is critical to the livelihoods for communities across the United States.
Click here to read the full text of the USCM resolution.
Mayors for Parks was launched in December 2013. The bipartisan coalition supports reauthorization and full funding of LWCF.
Created in 1964 with strong bipartisan support, LWCF has supported more than 42,000 projects in almost every county in the country. The fund is paid for by offshore oil and gas royalties, not taxpayer dollars, making it one of our most effective federal programs. Unfortunately, LWCF has only been funded at its full, $900 million authorized amount once in its history.