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ADVOCACY
The American Rescue
Plan comprises
a $1.9 trillion package
that provides
funding for vaccine
rollouts, improved
testing capabilities
and overall economic
recovery for state
and local governments
throughout
the country.
Taking Advantage of the
American Rescue Plan
By R.J. Cardin
F
or many, it's hard to remember back to March 2021, when the coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic had just reached the one-year mark. Our
facilities, like many throughout the nation, were suffering due to stayat-home
orders and the economic downturn. For me, and the rest of
the staff at the Maricopa County (Arizona) Parks and Recreation Department,
that month marked a turning point in our pandemic recovery process because
that was when the American Rescue Plan (ARP) was passed into law. This $1.9
trillion package was created specifically to aid recovery efforts by providing funding
for vaccine rollouts, improved testing capabilities and overall economic recovery
for state and local governments throughout the country. The State and Local
Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF), a $350 billion fund within the ARP specifically
designated to replace lost local revenues, had a broad range of eligible uses, with
the first half of the funding being released by the U.S. Department of the Treasury
in April 2021 and the second half being released a year later in April 2022.
Maricopa County is more than
9,000 square miles in area and has
a population of approximately 4.5
million residents, so it comes as
no surprise that Maricopa County
parks also are quite substantial. We
currently have 12 regional parks
totaling 122,000 acres, with more
than 650 miles of trails, three conservation
areas, and other amenities
that typically receive 2 million
visitors per year.
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Putting the Funds to Use
When we learned about the broad
scope of the SLFRF's eligible
funding projects, we attempted to
obtain a portion of the funding
the county received to support the
construction and deferred maintenance
of our park systems. Of the
$871 million in funding the county
received
through the SLFRF,
$19.65 million was allocated to the
Maricopa County Parks Department.
We used this funding for a
wide range of projects throughout
the parks, such as renovating and
upgrading water, wastewater and
electrical infrastructure, as well
as construction of a new campground,
adding campsites to an
existing campground and adding
a new 100-acre mountain bike area
in McDowell Park.
We are particularly proud that
we were able to use $800,000 of
this SLFRF funding for our ongoing
youth conservation crew trail
maintenance and renovation proj

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