ASLA Urban Park Advocacy – 2,300 by May 23rd

Help in spreading the effort to pass new legislation for the Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act by promoting awareness and sending letters on behalf of your community to Congress.  The idea is to accumulate an excess of 2300 letters sent to Congress in an effort to raise awareness on the hill about Parks and their ability to spur economic development.  See the ASLA article below.

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ASLA – Advocacy

2,300 BY MAY 23

We need your help! What if we could fight childhood obesity, reduce crime, create jobs, and revitalize communities all at the same time? Congress introduced a new bill to do all those and more in the very places we live and work every day. Called the Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act, the legislation would provide grants to help communities build or revitalize more than 2,300 parks and recreation centers every year.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics both support the use of the built environment to combat obesity, yet no current legislation exists solely to create these public spaces. If we want active, healthy people we need to provide safe and accessible places for children and adults.

But Congress won’t act without your help. We need 2,300 letters and e-mails – one for every potential project – by May 23 to let them know how important this issue is in your community. Contact your representatives now.

via American Society of Landscape Architects – Advocacy.