More than at any other time in our history, urban areas are the engines generating our nation’s wealth and strong cities are the key to keeping America competitive in the rapidly changing global economy. Nations that foster livable cities, which support vibrant populations and highly skilled workforces, will be winners in the intensely competitive global marketplace of the future.
As champions for parks and open space, we know the critical role that parks play in improving the health and vitality of our nation’s urban areas. Parks support public health, workforce development, the economy, the environment, education, and community cohesion. They are critical to creating sustainable, livable and vibrant cities.
And, we know the important role the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has played in launching and sustaining park projects in communities around the nation. The Land and Water Conservation Fund is one of the most effective funding programs supporting parks today. The LWCF carefully uses federal funds by stretching federal investment through matching dollars, leveraging private investment, spurring economic development and tourism, and providing close‐to‐home recreational opportunities.
We are proud to stand with the bi‐partisan Mayors for Parks Coalition and to add our voice in support of this national campaign in support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The Mayor for Parks Coalition advocates for permanent reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This will in turn strengthen our city parks and is a key step forward in ensuring that our cities and our nation’s economy are stronger than ever.