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federal agencies to implement strategies that will align and maximize federal investments, provide a vision for
sustainable growth, and provide tech-
nical assistance and grants to communities and regional partnerships . Urban
parks are expected to be an integral
part of these sustainable communities
strategies.
Other Administration and Congressional initiatives on reducing the high
costs of health care, implementing sustainable practices for creating and maintaining livable communities, creating
alternative transportation networks, fostering economic recovery, and achieving
other national goals all have application to the role urban parks can play in
achieving these national priorities.

Federal Legislation
Three pieces of federal legislation were
referenced during the Urban Park Summit in relation to their importance to
urban parks. Two of these bills are presently authorized legislation, although
one is dormant, and one bill was just introduced this year in the 111th Congress.
Also mentioned were the Community
Development Block Grant Program, the
Surface Transportation Act, and other
broader legislation that sometimes funds
urban parks. The three bills directly affecting urban parks are:
■■  Urban Revitalization and Livable Com-

munities Act (introduced September 2009
in the U.S. House),
■■  Urban Park and Recreation Recovery
Act (UPARR), passed by Congress in 1978,
funded annually till 2001, and the
■■   Land and Water Conservation Fund Act
(LWCF) originally passed by Congress and
signed into law in 1965, amended since.
Urban Revitalization and Livable
Communities Act-Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ), the author and co-sponsor of the new Urban Revitalization and
Livable Communities Act (URLC), spoke
about his experiences as a mayor in New
Jersey and how he collaborated with
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developers to help fix and improve the
parks in his city. He explained how his
experiences as mayor led to his support
of this new legislation which would provide funding for improving urban communities, rebuilding urban parks, and
providing facilities for youth.
The URLC Act builds on the original
UPARR legislation but with some important differences. These include:
1.  Authority for implementation would
likely reside under Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) rather than the Department Of the Interior (DOI), which implemented the UPARR grants.

Urban parks are expected
to be an integral part
of these sustainable
communities strategies.
2.  Provides funding for both revitalization and new con-struction, not just rehabilitation projects as UPARR did,
3.  Includes priority funding for certain
projects based on criteria, and
4.  Expands the list of eligible cities and
urban commu-n ities from those first authorized under UPARR but which have
never been updated since 1978;
Land and Water Conservation Fund
Act-The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which has a federal
side and a state side, was established
Congress and signed into law in 1965 to
stimulate a nationwide program " to assist in preserving, developing, and assuring to all citizens of the United States
of present and future generations such
quality and quantity of outdoor recre-
ation resources as may be available and
are necessary and desirable for individual active participation. " 

This NRPA White Paper was adapted from
a longer report prepared by RESOLVE, the
Washington, D.C.-based facilitators for the
Urban Park Summit.



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