Support the Parks, Jobs, and Equity Act

Helping Americans endure COVID-19—and recover from its devastating effects—is the top priority for the incoming Congress and the Biden-Harris Administration.

The Trust for Public Land is leading a coalition of over 200 nonprofits, community groups, and companies calling for the Parks, Jobs, and Equity Act—a $500 million investment in local parks to be included in future stimulus legislation.

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 

America Walks 

American Heart Association 

American Hiking Society 

American Planning Association 

American Society of Landscape Architects 

American Trails 

Appalachian Trail Conservancy 

Burton Snowboards 

Children & Nature Network 

City Parks Alliance 

Clean Water Action 

Conservation Lands Foundation 

Great Old Broads for Wilderness 

Hispanic Access Foundation 

KaBOOM! 

Latino Outdoors 

League of Conservation Voters 

National League of Cities 

National Recreation and Park Association 

National Wildlife Federation 

Natural Resources Defense Council 

Outdoor Afro 

Outdoor Industry Association 

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable 

PeopleForBikes 

REI Co-op 

Seed Your Future 

Sierra Club 

Student Conservation Association 

The Trust for Public Land 

The Venture Out Project 

The Wilderness Society 

Vet Voice Foundation 

Winter Wildlands Alliance 

Regional and Local Supporters

A Philip Randolph Square Neighborhood Alliance 

ActiveSGV 

Akron Parks Collaborative 

Angler's Covey 

Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement 

Austin Outside 

Austin Parks Foundation 

Austin Youth River Watch 

Avid4 Adventure 

Bernalillo Community Health Council 

Big City Mountaineers 

Big Reuse 

Blunn Creek Partnership 

Bronx River Alliance 

Brookfield Civic Association 

Brooklyn Parks and Open Spaces Coalition 

Buffalo Bayou Partnership 

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy 

California Geographic Alliance 

California Invasive Plant Council 

California Mountain Biking Coalition 

California Outdoor Recreation Partnership 

California Park & Recreation Society 

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 

Circuit Trail Conservancy 

City of Cripple Creek 

City of Gilroy California Parks & Recreation Commission   

City Parks Foundation 

ClimatePlan 

Community Nature Connection 

Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association 

Coney Island Beautification Project, Inc. 

Conservation Voters New Mexico 

Court Square Civic Association 

Creating Common Ground 

David Brower Center 

Draper Commons LLC 

Drew Gardens 

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 Allley 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 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 St. Andrew's Playground 

Friends of the East River Esplanade` 

Friends of the High Line 

Friends of the Los Angeles River 

Friends of the Public Garden 

Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge 

Friends of Waterfront Seattle 

Front Range Climbing Company 

Georgia Outdoor Recreation Coalition 

Georgia Trails Alliance 

Get Outdoors Nevada 

Girl Scouts of Greater New York 

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy 

Great Rivers Greenway 

Great Springs Project 

Green Map System 

Groundwork Richmond 

GrowNYC 

HerpDigest 

Hike for Life 

Historic House Trust of New York City 

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 

Hoosier Environmental Council 

Houston Parks Board 

Hunters Point Parks Conservancy 

Hutchinson River Restoration Project 

Inclusion Outdoors 

Jacob H. Schiff Playground Neighborhood Association 

Kelly Street Garden 

Klamath County 

Leʻalani S. Boykin Consulting 

Lewis H. Latimer House 

Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc. 

Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust 

Los Angeles Parks Foundation 

Los Padres Forest Watch 

Louisville Parks Foundation 

Loving The Bronx 

Lowelifes Respectable Citizens' Club 

Lower East Side Ecology Center 

Marcus Garvey Park Alliance 

Memphis River Parks Partnership 

Mile High Youth Corps 

Millennium Prevention, Inc. 

Milton Garden Club 

Minneapolis Parks Foundation 

Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz 

National Association for Olmsted Parks 

NatureLegacies 

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 

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 

Phoenix Zones Initiative 

Pike Peaks Climbers Alliance 

Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance 

Pistil Designs 

Pogo Park 

Portland Parks Conservancy 

Randall's Island Park Alliance 

Red Hook Conservancy 

River Heritage 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 Jose Parks Foundation 

Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association 

St. Andrew's Playground 

Tahoe Mountain Sports 

Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District 

The Bronx is Blooming 

The New York Turtle & Tortoise Society 

The Trail Foundation 

Time Square Alliance 

Trails and Open Space Coalition 

Trinity Park Conservancy 

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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