On Thursday, Sept. 20, U.S. Senator
Kay Hagan (D-NC) along with Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Kirsten Gillibrand
(D-NY) introduced important legislation into the Senate called the Community
Parks Revitalization (CPR) Act.
Once enacted into law, CPR would provide matching, federal
competitive grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) to local parks and recreation agencies for the construction of new, and
to rehabilitate existing, outdoor and indoor recreational resources in metropolitan
areas. It also allows for planning and programming aimed at improving the
delivery of recreation services, increasing access for military families and
disabled veterans, and engaging at-risk youth.
There is a waiver at the HUD Secretary’s
discretion for a percentage to be awarded to areas not in metropolitan areas,
so rural communities are included. The bill simply gives the Secretary
authority to use discretionary dollars for these purposes, so there is no
The CPR Act is a tool for helping to
build stronger communities, create jobs, enhance a state’s economy, protect the
health and well-being of the public, conserve natural resources, and contribute
to a higher quality of life for hard-working Americans and their families.
The bill is a companion measure to
H.R. 709, the Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act (URLC), which
was introduced by Representative Albio Sires of New Jersey in 2011.
Written by Leslie Mozingo, Partner, The Ferguson Group.