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Feature Story

January 2021


New Appropriations Act Boosts City Park Funding

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on Dec. 27, 2020, is well known for its aim to provide relief for the unemployed, businesses and others affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but it also includes a boost in funding for city parks. The bill includes $125 million for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP), which represents an increase of $100 million over last year's funding level. This historic investment in local parks is the largest in the history of the ORLP program.

The ORLP program was established by Congress in 2014 and is funded through the LWCF State and Local Assistance Program. Administered through the National Park Service, it is a nationally competitive grant program delivering funding to urban areas (jurisdictions of at least 50,000 people), with priority placed on projects in economically disadvantaged areas and those lacking in outdoor recreation opportunities. The grants aim to help address outdoor recreation deficits by supporting projects in cities and densely populated areas to create new outdoor recreation spaces, reinvigorate existing parks and form connections between people and the outdoors.

The pandemic has placed a heavy emphasis on equity issues in our cities, with access to and quality of parks among them. By funding ORLP at this level, cities will be able to provide parks and recreation opportunities for communities that still lack quality parks.

"Investing in parks and greenspace will help cities recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus," said Julie Waterman, advocacy director for City Parks Alliance, in a press release. "Parks are essential to the social, economic and environmental health of cities, and the increase in funding for ORLP will help bring these benefits to underserved communities.

"This funding will leverage additional funds from public and private sources, and will help provide healthy and vibrant parks for all," she added.


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