Kamala Harris Intros Bill to Provide Funding for Parks in Underserved Communities
Currently, one in three Americans does not live within a 10-minute walk of a quality local park. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) said it’s time for a change, and on Tuesday introduced the Outdoors for All Act. The bill aims to increase access to outdoor recreation opportunities in cities and urban areas by creating a dedicated source of funding for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP). The ORLP was established by Congress in 2014, and provides competitive grants to communities that lack outdoor recreation spaces to build parks and outdoor recreation facilities. If passed, the bill would specifically allocate 20% of the Land and Water Conservation Fund's revenues to the ORLP. “As our cities and urban areas continue to grow, outdoor recreation opportunities have failed to keep up,” said Harris. “This is an issue affecting communities across the country from Bakersfield, California to Memphis, Tennessee, where less than 50% of the populations live within a half mile of a park. Our children and future generations deserve to be able to enjoy our parks and open spaces, and it’s time we take steps to ensure that.” This is the Senate companion to legislation introduced last year by Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA) and Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH). More here.