Sending Office: Honorable Michael R. Turner
Sent By:
Dan.Hare@mail.house.gov

 

Request for Cosponsor(s)

SUPPORT DEDICATED FUNDING FOR URBAN PARKS

Endorsed by:  American Planning Association, City Parks Alliance, LWCF Coalition, National Recreation and Park Association, The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, The Wilderness Society

Sponsors: Barragán (CA), Turner (OH)

Current Co-Sponsors:  Blumenauer (OR), Butterfield (NC), Castor (FL),
Curbelo (FL), DeSaulnier (CA), Donovan (NY), Ellison (MN), Frankel (FL), Jeffries (NY), Lee (CA), Meng (NY), McGovern (MA), Norton (DC)

Deadline for Original Co-Sponsors: COB on Monday, June 19th

 

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to become an original co-sponsor of the bipartisan Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Grant Program Act, a bill that creates a guaranteed source of funding for projects that expand outdoor recreational opportunities in cities across
the country, particularly in underserved areas. The ORLP Act accomplishes this without spending any taxpayer dollars.

At a time when cities across the country are attracting new residents at rates not seen since the early 20th century, investing in new and revitalized urban parks can return measurable health, economic, and community benefits. These parks, playgrounds,
green spaces, preserved natural habitats, and trails provide much-needed outdoor outlets for city residents, bringing communities together across different social and economic spectrums.

The National Park Service’s Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership initiative—which the bill would codify—invests in parks and open spaces in areas where 80% of Americans live, bringing improved outdoor recreational opportunities to urban residents who can
benefit from the healthy activities and better quality of life these parks afford. By guaranteeing a source of funding for the ORLP, our bill ensures that this competitive grant program will continue to identify and highlight new ways of providing opportunities
for expanding outdoor recreation in areas with great need, as well as promoting the development of new or enhanced partnerships for outdoor recreation in urban communities across the nation.

Eligible applicants for ORLP grants must be state or local government agencies or federally-recognized Indian tribes. Individuals, nonprofit organizations, and other private entities are not eligible as applicants or sub-awardees. However, projects that
involve partnerships with such entities are favored. Additionally, in order to earn a grant, applicants must leverage matching non-federal funds from state, local, and/or private sources.

If you would like to become an original cosponsor of this legislation or have any questions, please contact Mike Stoever in Rep. Barragán’s office at
mike.stoever@mail.house.gov (x58820) or Dan Hare in Rep. Turner’s office at
dan.hare@mail.house.gov (x56465). The deadline to cosponsor this bill is
COB on Monday, June 19th.

 

Sincerely,

Nanette Diaz Barragán                                               Michael R. Turner

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

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