Letter Asks for $500 Million in Local Park Investment
Industry leading associations, APA ASLA, NRPA, and AIA, joined nine other organizations in a letter to congress, urging them incorporate green infrastructure funding in future stimulus bills. The collaborative organization began their message by illuminating the possibility of integrating measures to provide large-scale funding towards green infrastructure projects within Congress' efforts to combat the economic impact of the pandemic. They believe, through these efforts, target funding can be allocated towards low-income communities who have been affected by extreme weather.
The letter asks for legislation that improves local level land use and green infrastructure planning to "include consideration of the function of existing and new infrastructure, the balance between the built and natural environments, and populations trends in communities of all sizes, now and into the future." Additionally, the associations requests support for research and development for innovative materials, technologies, and processes related to green infrastructure and sustainability. They asked for support to pass legislation to have all infrastructure funding prioritize resiliency and nature-based solutions without increasing stormwater runoff to waterways and wetlands, siting examples of parks built in buffer zones, building rain gardens, restoring wetlands, and installing permeable roads/sidewalks.
The letter continues with specific policy and funding requests related to the upkeep and improve local parks, communities, and outdoor spaces.