supports the reauthorization of, and full and dedicated funding for, the Land
and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF): Along with full and dedicated funding for
the LWCF, we support H.R. 2727, bi-partisan legislation introduced by
Congressman McKinley (R-WV) which would require a minimum of 40% of the annual
LWCF appropriations are allocated to the State Assistance Program.
No Child Left Inside (S. 1306/H.R. 2702)
by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Congressman Sarbanes (D-MD), this legislation
would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind). It would strengthen and expand environmental
education in classrooms by providing funds to encourage partnerships between
school districts and parks, as well as other community based organizations.
Healthy Kids Outdoors Act (HKOA)
legislation is expected to be reintroduced in 2014 and provides funding to
states for the development of comprehensive strategies related either to
expanding environmental education through the school system and finding other
means of getting kids and families more physically active in the outdoors.
Health and Wellness
Health and Human Services Appropriations
for prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control that create
substantial and sustainable community level programs that prevent and control
obesity and other chronic diseases through physical activity, healthy
eating, tobacco-free living and
community preventive services. These
grant programs support state and local government entities such as park and recreation
Nutrition Act /Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Reauthorization
legislation authorizes funding for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and
Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP) which are managed by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture and provides free meals to low income children while
school is out of session and will be up for renewal in FY 2015. In addition, yearly funding for the SFSP and
CACFP is through the Agriculture Appropriations. Park and recreation agencies are the largest public
provider of healthy meals and snacks to children outside of schools.
Americans Act Reauthorization Act (S.1562)
introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), which would reauthorize the Older
Americans Act of 1965. It addresses the health,
welfare and economic needs of older individuals by promoting senior center
modernizations and evidence based chronic disease management and falls
Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act (H.R. 956)
by Congressman Kind (D-WI), this bill would expand the IRS definition of
medical expenditures to include physical activity as preventative
medicine. This would allow individuals
to use the pre-tax dollars in Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings
Accounts to include expenditures such as; membership at a recreation or fitness
facility, youth and adult sports league fees, exercise classes, youth camps,
organized running event registration fees and other physical activities.
Parks and Revitalization (CPR) Act (H.R. 2424)
by Representative Sires (D-NJ), this legislation would provide matching federal
grants for park and recreation infrastructure in metropolitan areas. Specifically, this legislation would
authorize the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide
funding to local park and recreation agencies, through three grant programs:
Rehabilitation and Construction, Innovation and Recreation Program and Recovery
Action Program. The bill also includes innovative financing for park
infrastructure (known as PIFIA).
funding for Active Transportation options, including trails and pedestrian
projects primarily through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), and
the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Combined, these programs, found in the
federal surface transportation bill “MAP-21”, provide approximately $800
million annually for bike and pedestrian projects and to promote pedestrian and
bicycling safety in local communities. MAP-21 is due to expire in September of
Opportunities for Bicycling and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act (H.R.
3978). Introduced by Representative
Sires (D-NJ), this bi-partisan legislation would provide local communities with
low-cost loans to build safe and accessible networks of sidewalks, bikes lanes
and paths as part of the federal transportation financing program known as
TIFIA. Twenty-five percent of the loan financing for this program must be used
to help low-income communities.
Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program
UPARR’s inclusion in the FY 2015 Interior Appropriations package. However, funding for UPARR should not be done
at the expense (or “in lieu of”) of support for LWCF State Assistance.
Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
to support funding for CDBG which historically provides up to $100 million
annually for park and recreation infrastructure.
Dated: March 5, 2014