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Stimulus for City Parks

Some more information from City Parks Alliance supporting funding that could go towards city parks in the upcoming stimulus package….

Urban parks are critical to creating sustainable, livable and vibrant cities. Numerous studies have shown that parks support public health, workforce development, the economy, the environment, education and community cohesion. Yet urban parks are severely underfunded on both the local and federal levels. During his presidential campaign, President-elect Obama took the position that it was unacceptable that fewer than 50 percent of urban youth live within walking distance of safe and well maintained recreation areas. A stimulus package that includes funding for park systems could create quality jobs:

  • According to data assembled by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the nation’s 75 largest cities presently have at least 268 “shovel-ready” park, recreation and trail projects that could immediately put nearly 25,000 people to work.
  • A report by Transportation for America identified $1.22 billion in ready-to-go pedestrian and bicycling facilities that connect transportation networks, improve safety, provide least cost transportation options and recreational opportunities; and
  • The City Parks Alliance estimates that $450,000,000 within a separate “green jobs” program could provide an immediate 15,000 jobs spread across 150 park systems nationally at a cost of $30,000 per worker.

Funding urban parks through the a stimulus package would achieve the dual goal of jumpstarting our economy and strategically creating more competitive metropolitan areas within the global marketplace. Please work to include these components in any stimulus package.

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