June 2013
Community Parks Bill Reintroduced in the House


On Tuesday, June 18 Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ), joined by Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) and 10 other original co-sponsors, reintroduced the community parks bill.  The Community Parks Revitalization Act (H.R. 2424), will revise and update the Urban Parks and Recreation and Recovery Program (UPARR) by authorizing matching, federal grants to enable communities to better leverage resources to address health, economic development and conservation concerns through needed investments in parks, recreational areas, facilities and programs.  Additionally, it would authorize an innovative financing mechanism, the Park Infrastructure Innovative Financing ACT (PIFIA) that would provide low interest government loans to park and recreation infrastructure projects.

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Senate Advocacy Needed for FY14 Appropriations


The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior is currently preparing its spending levels for FY2014 relative to the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) State Assistance Program and the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Act (UPARR).  

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NRPA CEO and President Meets with New DOI Secretary Sally Jewell


Last week, NRPA President and CEO, Barbara Tulipane, met with the new Secretary for the Department of Interior (DOI), Sally Jewell, to discuss the federal agency’s role in championing community parks.  

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