Community Parks Revitalization Act Introduced in Congress

Washington, DC (September 20, 2012) – Senator Hagan (D-NC,) along with Senators Kerry (D-MA) and Gillibrand (D-NY), have introduced the Community Parks Revitalization Act (CPR), a companion measure to H.R. 709, the Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act, introduced by Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ) in 2011. The CPR would provide matching, federal grants for much needed park and recreation infrastructure in metropolitan areas, helping to build communities, create jobs, enhance local economies, protect the health and wellbeing of citizens and natural resources, and contribute to a higher quality of life for Americans and their families.

Background:

This legislation would authorize the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer three grant programs:

  • Rehabilitation and Construction grants consisting of matching capital grants to rebuild, remodel, expand, or develop existing or new recreational areas or facilities.
  • Innovation and Recreation Program grants consisting of matching grants to cover the costs of delivering innovative recreation programs or services, with a particular focus on those increasing access to recreation opportunities for returning veterans, military families, and at-risk youth.
  • Recovery Action Program grants consisting of matching grants to cover the costs of developing plans for parks and recreation systems, which demonstrate a commitment to ongoing local efforts to plan and sustain any project approved for funding under this legislation.

Why Congress Should Act:

Investments in parks and recreation infrastructure invigorate communities—making them healthier, more livable, and economically competitive. Parks and recreation not only support businesses and create jobs but also help to improve physical activity and address chronic disease and costly obesity related health problems.

Still, too many American communities suffer from a lack of green space, dilapidated and outdated facilities, unsafe playgrounds, and inadequate access to recreation resources. In these times of economic distress, this legislation provides Congress with an opportunity to spur economic growth and address many of this nation’s most costly problems at the local community level.

Related Resources
NRPA Senate CPR Bill Fact Sheet
CPR Summary
AYO12795 (3) (Legislation)