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A key reason ASCE gave public
parks a D+ is the massive deferred
maintenance backlog, of which local parks make up the lion's share
- more than $60 billion, compared
to $11.92 billion for national parks
and $5.6 billion for state parks. The
disproportionately large dollar value
of deferred maintenance at the local
level is primarily due to the inconsistency of funding streams. Local park
and recreation agencies receive about
60 percent of their funding from general tax funds, which are often shared
between agencies and allocated on an
ad hoc basis. The lack of predictability makes it difficult for parks to conduct adequate capital planning.
In addition, this lagging investment comes at a time when the
popularity of parks is on the rise.
On average, U.S. residents visit their
local park more than two times per
month. And more than 91 percent
of U.S. residents say that parks and
recreation is an important service
that local governments provide.
Another problem is that green
spaces are often too few and far
between. According to The Trust
for Public Land (tinyurl.com/
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including 28 million children, do
not have a park within a 10-minute
walk of home. This lack of access
to parks is often felt unevenly along
lines of race and socioeconomic
stature. This issue must be addressed
to provide equitable access to parks
for all - and funding is needed to
make this happen.

signed into law. This key piece of
legislation fully funds the Land and
Water Conservation Fund (LWCF),
the primary federal funding mechanism for local parks. It is critical
that GAOA continues to be funded
at high levels and for these funds to
flow efficiently from the federal government to local entities.
Further investment may also
come in COVID-19 recovery legislation, including the American
Jobs Plan. Increased funding to
programs like the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership and the
Clean Water State Revolving Fund
will go a long way in building local
park capacity.
Armed with increased, more stable funding, local park and recreation agencies will be able to work

through deferred maintenance
backlogs more expediently. They
also will be able to create more
parks and recreation centers, particularly in disadvantaged communities where access is most limited.
More prevalent and better equipped
parks will mean more people will
have access to all the community
benefits that local parks provide.
It is essential for Congress to
provide this funding as we recover
from COVID-19. To understand
this need, they need to hear from
park and recreation professionals.
Call your representative and senators today and explain why parks
funding is a sound investment.
Emily Feenstra is Managing Director of Government Relations
and Infrastructure Initiatives at the American Society of Civil
Engineers (ASCE).

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