Mayors for Parks
Welcome Message from the Co-Chairs
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)−one of the nation’s most important tools for creating and protecting green space in America’s urban areas−is in danger.
We have joined together to co-chair Mayors for Parks because we know the vital role parks and open space play in improving the health and vitality of our nation’s urban areas. And, we know just how important funding provided by the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been in jump-starting park and green space projects in communities across America.
Seed money from the LWCF is an essential tool for cities as they seek to develop new and revitalize existing urban parks, green spaces, and recreation opportunities. Investments in community parks help grow local economies by creating jobs, increasing property values, and attracting the kinds of businesses, workforces, and private capital that will make metropolitan areas economically competitive in today’s global economy.
The LWCF has been continually underfunded and is now at risk, with the legislation set to “sunset” on September 30, 2015. Mayors for Parks was formed to be a voice for the importance of reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund and to call for the LWCF to be funded at the fully authorized amount of $900 million annually.
Without the Land and Water Conservation Fund, our nation’s cities will continue to struggle to support the parks and green spaces we need to build thriving communities and, in turn, strengthen the nation’s economy.
We invite you to join us in speaking out in support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund—one of the most effective funding programs supporting parks today—and, in turn, helping secure a strong future for American cities.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock & Mayor Betsy Price