After months of Congressional hearings, hours of expert
testimony by some of the brightest minds in public health, and repeated
warnings from advocates, including NRPA, about the dangers of waiting to mount
a full-throated response to the Zika virus, Congress has taken the first step
to paying for a comprehensive effort to ZIka’s spread.
The National Park Service (NPS) has opened the application
process for this year’s Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Outdoor
Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP). This $15 million nationally
competitive grant program specifically targets recreation spaces in urban
You and I both know that physical fitness is vital for
overall wellness and preventing lifestyle diseases. While parks and recreation
facilities are typically the accessible and affordable option for fitness,
physical activity costs can still be a barrier for many Americans. Whether it’s
new cleats for growing feet, athletic league fees, or deciding whether you can afford
that Zumba class, prioritizing funds for physical activity can be a serious
As a park and recreation professional, you already know that public parks are important contributors to the standard of living in our neighborhoods, with benefits spanning from environmental gains and improved health to being a central meeting place that brings residents across ages and social strata to connect to nature. But in a time of scarce resources and tight fiscal budgets, you have to fight for funding to continue your mission.
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