On the Ballot (November 6, 2012)

December 1, 2012, Department, by Danielle Taylor

Parks and recreation won at the ballot box in this November's election.57: Number of parks/conservation land acquisition-related measures on local and statewide ballots.

47: Number of these that passed (82.4 percent pass rate).

5,493,813: Total number of voters who voted on parks/conservation land acquisition-related measures.

3,677,408: Number of voters who voted to approve these measures (66.9 percent voter approval rate).

$2,198,694,543: Total requested parks/conservation land acquisition-related funds at stake.

$2,129,001,013: Total of these funds approved (96.8 percent funding approval rate).

21: States that included parks/conservation land acquisition-related measures on state and/or local ballots.

21: States that passed parks/conservation land acquisition-related measures on state and/or local ballots.

75: Percentage of voter approval in Alabama for a 20-year renewal of the state’s successful Forever Wild land conservation program, which will mean $300 million for conservation.

75: Percentage of voter approval in El Paso, Texas, for a $245 million quality-of-life bond, which includes money to buy land and improve parks and recreation in the city.

72: Percentage of voter approval in San Francisco, California, for a $195 million city park bond to provide new money for park improvements and development.

68: Percentage of voter approval in Houston, Texas, for a $166 million park bond to complete the city’s bayou greenways network.

59: Percentage of voter approval in Mesa, Arizona, for a $70 million parks and recreation bond to renovate some existing parks, build others, add recreational trails, and begin work on three signature municipal projects.

24 of 35: Number of municipal levies and ballot initiatives approved in Ohio for land acquisition, capital construction, continuing current operating expenses, or support for other recreational purposes related to parks and recreation.

7 of 9: Number of local measures approved in New Jersey to renew or establish open space trust funds, just one week after the state was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

 
Source: The Trust for Public Land’s LandVote Database (www.landvote.org) and NRPA’s Urban Directors’ Network (www.nrpaconnect.org).