Support emergency funding for local parks

The Trust for Public Land is leading a coalition of over 300 nonprofits, community groups, and companies calling for a $500 million investment in local parks to be included in the Build Back Better package.

Why now?

The pandemic is a wake-up call about the serious consequences of inequity across our society. Emergency funding for local parks is urgently needed to close the outdoor access gap that contributes to unacceptable disparities in health, climate resilience, and prosperity for too many people living in America.

If Congress doesn’t act soon, the current recession will make existing park inequities worse. Already 56 percent of park agencies have seen budget cuts this year, and 71 percent of local governments foresee significant future cuts. These cuts will mean lost jobs and economic activity. And reduced park services and postponed upgrades are already hurting communities at a time when equitable access to the outdoors has never been more important.

What can we accomplish?

This investment could fund over 1,000 new or upgraded parks where they’re needed most—a significant step toward our goal of ensuring that everyone has access to the outdoors. This critical funding could save 100,000 at-risk seasonal jobs or create 8,000 new ones, while generating $1.37 billion in economic activity.


The coalition

National Supporters

Access Fund

Alliance for Infrastructure Reuse and Redevelopment (AIRR)

America Walks

American Heart Association

American Hiking Society

American Planning Association

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society of Landscape Architects

American Trails

American Walks

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Bell Helmets


Brown Girl Surf

Burton Snowboards


Children & Nature Network

City Parks Alliance

Clean Water Action

Collaboration of Regional Trail Initiatives

Conference House Association

Conservation Lands Foundation

Continental Divide Trail Coalition

Day One


Giro Sport Design

Great Old Broads for Wilderness

Green Schoolyards America


Higher Ground

Hispanic Access Foundation

International Mountain Bicycling Association



Latino Outdoors

League of Conservation Voters

National Association for Olmsted Parks

National League of Cities

National Parks Conservation Association

National Recreation and Park Association

National Wildlife Federation

Natural Areas Conservancy

Natural Resources Defense Council

Nature for All

Outdoor Afro

Outdoor Alliance

Outdoor Industry Association

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable

Outward Bound Adventures, Inc.

Parks & People Foundation


Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

REI Co-op

Seed Your Future

Seirus Innovation

SHARE Mountain Bike Club

Sierra Club

Society of American Foresters

Special Service for Groups/API Forward Movement


Streams & Valleys

The Praxis Project

The Trust for Public Land

The Venture Out Project

The Watershed Project

The Wilderness Society

Vet Voice Foundation

Wilderness Inquiry

Winter Wildlands Alliance

World Urban Parks

YES Nature to Neighborhoods

Regional and Local Supporters

A Philip Randolph Square Neighborhood Alliance


Akron Parks Collaborative

Anchorage Park Foundation

Angler's Covey

Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement

Austin Outside

Austin Parks Foundation

Austin Youth River Watch

Avid4 Adventure

Avonworth Community Park

Bernalillo Community Health Council

Big City Mountaineers

Big Reuse

Blunn Creek Partnership

Brightline Defense

Broadway Mall Association

Bronx River Alliance

Brookfield Civic Association

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

Brooklyn Parks and Open Spaces Coalition

Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Building Bridges Across the River

Butler County

California Geographic Alliance

California Invasive Plant Council

California League of Conservation Voters

California Mountain Biking Coalition

California Outdoor Recreation Partnership

California Park & Recreation Society

Camp Ocean Pines

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

Center for Climate Change and Health

Central Park Conservancy

Charles River Watershed Association

Charleston Parks Conservancy

Chelsea Waterside Park Association

Chispa Arizona

Circuit Trail Conservancy

City of Cripple Creek

City of Gilroy Parks and Recreation Commission

City Parks Foundation


COFEM Council of Mexican Federations

Community Nature Connection

Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association

Coney Island Beautification Project, Inc.

Conservation Voters for Idaho

Conservation Voters New Mexico

Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions

Court Square Civic Association

Creating Common Ground

David Brower Center

Destination Crenshaw

Draper Commons LLC

Drew Gardens

East Coast Greenway Alliance

East New York 4 Gardens Inc

Edgemere Coalition Community Garden

Elmhurst Supporters of Parks

Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Environmental Defense Center

Environmental Volunteers

Fairmount Park Conservancy

Fresh Creek Nature Association

Friends of 4 Parks Alliance

Friends of Alley Pond Park

Friends of Art Park Alliance

Friends of Astoria Heights Park

Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park

Friends of Carroll Park

Friends of Corlears Hook Park

Friends of Dallas Parks

Friends of Elton and Linwood Playgrounds

Friends of Five Wounds Trail

Friends of Governors Island

Friends of Inwood Hill Park

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Friends of MacDonald Park

Friends of Mill Ridge Park

Friends of Pelham Bay Park

Friends of Sloan Canyon

Friends of St. Andrew's Playground

Friends of the East River Esplanade`

Friends of the High Line

Friends of the Los Angeles River

Friends of the Parks

Friends of the Public Garden

Friends of The Underline

Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Friends of Waterfront Seattle

Front Range Climbing Company

Georgia Bikes

Georgia Outdoor Recreation Coalition

Georgia Trails Alliance

Get Outdoors Nevada

Gilroy Parks and Recreation Commission

Girl Scouts of Greater New York

Great Rivers Greenway

Great Springs Project

Green Map System

Groundwork Richmond


Guadalupe River Park Conservancy


Hike for Life

Historic House Trust of New York City

Holden Forests & Gardens

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Hoosier Environmental Council

Houston Parks Board

Hudson River Park Friends

Hunters Point Parks Conservancy

Hutchinson River Restoration Project

Inclusion Outdoors

Jacob H. Schiff Playground Neighborhood Association

Kelly Street Garden

Klamath County

Lantern Camps

Leʻalani S. Boykin Consulting

Lewis H. Latimer House

Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.

Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust

Los Angeles Parks Foundation

Los Angeles River State Park Partners

Los Padres Forest Watch

Louisville Parks Foundation

Loving The Bronx

Lowelifes Respectable Citizens' Club

Lower East Side Ecology Center

Madison Square Park Conservancy

Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

Memphis River Parks Partnership

Metro Parks Tacoma

Minneapolis Parks Foundation

Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz

Nashville Parks Foundation


New York Building Congress

New York League of Conservation Voters

New York Restoration Project (NYRP)

New Yorkers for Parks

Newport Bay Conservancy

Newtown Creek Alliance

NJ Audubon

NYC Audubon

Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation

Old Stone House & Washington Park

Olympia Parks, Arts, and Recreation

Outdoor Advocacy Project

Outdoor Outreach

Parent Child Relationship Association

Park Pride


Pease Park Conservancy

Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society

Philadelphia Parks Alliance

Phoenix Zones Initiative

Pike Peaks Climbers Alliance

Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance

Pistil Designs

Pogo Park

Portland Parks Conservancy

Portland Parks Foundation

Prospect Park Alliance

Randall's Island Park Alliance

Red Hook Conservancy

Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance

Richland Parks and Recreation

River Heritage Conservancy, Inc.

Riverside Park Conservancy

Rock Creek Conservancy, Inc.

Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity (RISE)

Rocktown Adventures

Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)

Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

San Diego Mountain Biking Association

San Francisco Parks Alliance

San Jose Conservation Corps & Charter School

San Jose Parks Foundation

Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

Seattle Parks Foundation

South Yuba River Citizens League

Southern Nevada Conservancy

Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association

St. Andrew's Playground

Student Conservation Association

Tahoe Mountain Sports

Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District

Ten Strands

Texas Recreation and Park Society

The Bronx is Blooming

The New York Turtle & Tortoise Society

The Trail Foundation

Times Square Alliance

Trails and Open Space Coalition

Trinity Park Conservancy

UC Irvine Outdoor Adventures

Upper Green Side

Van Cortlandt Park Alliance

Victor Main Street (VMS) Program

Volunteers for Springfield Park, Inc

Washington Recreation and Parks Association

Washington Trails Association

Waterfront Alliance

West 80s Neighborhood Association

WildCare of Western New York

WOLF School

Youth Transportation Organization (Yoots)

Want to join the coalition? Contact [email protected] to find out how.


Get caught up

New to the fight? We’re glad to have you. Read up on why parks are essential for community health, equity, and resilience, and follow the latest developments in our push for the emergency park funding communities need.


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