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SIGN NOW: Public health and park access should not be determined by zip code

Parks and green space have always played an essential role in our communities, providing economic value, emotional and physical health benefits, and bringing people together. Now more than ever, nature has taken on a whole new meaning for many of us, becoming the one place we go for exercise, fresh air, and a break from anxiety. But not everyone has equal access to the outdoors: Our data shows that parks serving primarily nonwhite populations are half the size of parks that serve majority white populations, and serve five times as many people per acre.

As Congress determines how best to provide economic relief for millions of Americans impacted by COVID-19, we see an opportunity to create jobs, invest in disenfranchised communities and ensure every American has access to a quality green space within a 10-minute walk of their home. Take action: Urge your lawmakers to support local parks today!

Parks make our communities happier, healthier, and more resilient. But today, more than 100 million Americans don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk of home. Instead, kids play in streets, alleyways, or vacant lots. Or they just stay inside — leading to a national crisis of inactivity linked to high levels of obesity, diabetes, and depression.

We need legislation that will help create new outdoor recreational space and reinvigorate existing parks in communities where it’s needed most. Take action now by urging your members of Congress to include a federal investment for close-to-home parks in the next economic stimulus bill — making parks accessible for everyone regardless of zip code.

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RE: Support the emergency investment of $500 million for local parks

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I'm writing to urge you to include a one-time, historic investment for our local parks in a future economic stimulus or infrastructure package.

Parks and green space have always played an essential role in our communities, providing economic value, emotional and physical health benefits, and bringing people together. During the coronavirus pandemic, nature has taken on a whole new meaning for Americans, becoming the one place we go for exercise, fresh air, and respite from anxiety. But not everyone has equal access to the outdoors: data shows that parks serving primarily nonwhite populations are half the size of parks that serve majority white populations and serve five times as many people per acre.

A historic, one-time investment in local parks would stimulate job creation and economic activity, expand park access for the one-in-three Americans who do not have a close-to-home park, and provide the health and social benefits to underserved communities feeling the impacts of this crisis most acutely.

Parks are drivers of local economies: in 2017 alone, local parks and recreation agencies generated $166 billion in economic activity and supported more than 1.1 million jobs nationwide. A 2018 report showed that parks and recreation spending on operations creates 23 jobs for every million dollars spent and 16 jobs for every million dollars spent on capital improvements.

For these reasons, I hope you'll consider including local parks in a future stimulus package. If we maximize the opportunities for all Americans to experience the health benefits of nature, then every community - regardless of zip code - will be stronger, healthier, and more connected for generations to come.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]