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The Importance of Urban Green Space, Need for Funding Highlighted in America’s Great Outdoors Report

On February 16th, President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative to develop a new conservation and recreation agenda.

One of the key recommendations in the AGO report is to “Establish Great Urban Parks and Community Spaces” with a goal of creating and enhancing a new generation of safe, clean, accessible great urban parks and community green spaces.  Additional recommendations under this heading include:

  • Establish the America’s Great Outdoors Great Urban Parks and Community Green Spaces initiative by targeting increased funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund stateside grant program to leverage investment in new and enhanced urban parks and community green spaces.
  • Support and align federal agency programs and initiatives to promote the creation, expansion and enhancement of urban parks and community green spaces.
  • Target technical assistance support to communities to create and enhance urban parks and community green spaces.
  • Connect people with urban parks and community green spaces.

Last summer, urban citizens across the country attended listening sessions, enlisted the support of their mayors and posted comments online in response to the Administration’s call for public input, and as a result the report shows a clear commitment to urban parks as part of a 21st century conservation and recreation agenda to protect America’s natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations.

To learn more about the report, click here:  America’s Great Outdoors.

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