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Mayors for Parks co-chairs praise LWCF funding in federal budget

Posted March 4, 2014

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Funding for the LWCF was included in the federal budget for 2015 today, and the Mayors for Parks Coalition couldn’t be happier! Read the release below:

Betsy Price, mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, and Michael B. Hancock, mayor of Denver, Colorado, who are co-chairs of the Mayors for Parks Coalition, praised the inclusion of federal funding for urban parks, trails and green spaces through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which was in the president’s budget for fiscal year 2015, released today.

“Mayors across the country are pleased that the president kept his promise to fully fund LWCF in his proposed budget,” said Mayor Price. “A fully funded LWCF will mean that in Fort Worth, and in cities across America, mayors will be better equipped to rise to the challenge of providing enough open space to sustain vibrant communities.”

Added Mayor Hancock, “A strong LWCF will help ensure that cities remain competitive and continue to thrive for generations to come. This is a first step, and mayors will continue to work with the administration and Congress to support full funding of LWCF so more communities can realize the benefits of the bipartisan program .”

Since its launch in December 2013, Mayors for Parks, a project of City Parks Alliance, has encouraged Congress and the White House to help create and maintain parks in urban areas. Specifically, the coalition is pushing for reauthorization and full funding of LWCF, which is set to expire in 2015. The mayors will be working over the next several months to broaden the coalition to include additional mayors and encourage federal legislators to support renewal and full funding of the LWCF.

Created in 1965, LWCF has funded the creation of more than 42,000 state and local parks, playgrounds, urban wildlife refuges, greenways, trails and open spaces. The LWCF is also critical in protecting and improving recreational access to America’s national parks, forests and wildlife refuges. The fund is paid for by royalties from offshore oil and gas development, but Congress has continually diverted funding from LWCF, which leaves it underfunded by millions of dollars each year.

Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. A successful business owner and lifelong public servant, Price uses this forum to ensure transparency and inform residents of issues and programs that affect their daily lives.

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