Trust for Public Land Applauds the House Natural Resources Committee’s Advancement of the Outdoors for All Act
Trust for Public Land (TPL) applauds the unanimous decision of the House Natural Resources Committee to advance the Outdoors for All Act as part of the comprehensive EXPLORE Act.
The Outdoors for All Act (O4A Act), was introduced by Representative Nanette Barragan (D-CA), and has 71 bipartisan cosponsors. It is an effort to fund essential urban park projects, revitalize green spaces and expand outdoor access for communities across the country. The Outdoors for All Act codifies the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program into federal law and ensures that funding will go to communities without adequate access to local parks.
Luis Benitez, Chief Impact Officer for TPL, made the following statement:
“In the U.S., 100 million people, including 28 million children, don’t have access to a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home. That is why it is essential we pass the Outdoors for All Act, to help level the playing field across the country, and avoid leaving many communities behind in the outdoor recreation progress we’re making, and we all hope to sustain. TPL looks forward to working with Members on both sides of the aisle to enact comprehensive recreation legislation that includes Outdoors for All so that we can bring every neighborhood a quality place to get outside and play, relax, and meet friends.”
About Trust for Public Land
Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national nonprofit that works to connect everyone to the benefits and joys of the outdoors. As a leader in equitable access to the outdoors, TPL works with communities to create parks and protect public land where they are needed most. Since 1972, TPL has protected more than 4 million acres of public land, created more than 5,364 parks, trails, schoolyards, and iconic outdoor places, raised $93 billion in public funding for parks and public lands, and connected nearly 9.4 million people to the outdoors. To learn more, visit tpl.org.