Congressional Briefing to Highlight the Role Parks and Green Spaces Play in Creating Healthy, Economically Sound and Environmentally Friendly Cities


Research shows that developing green spaces in urban areas provides significant economic, social and environmental benefits to communities. Urban parks create jobs, protect property values and help small businesses grow, all while increasing the health and well-being of residents. Hosted by the Congressional Urban Caucus’ Urban Parks Taskforce, this interactive forum will feature a diverse set of panelists covering the leading research and on-the-ground experience on the value of urban parks and on the legislation H.R. 3734, the Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act, which would help communities build and rehabilitate more parks and green spaces.

Eddie George, ASLA: Heisman Trophy winner, former NFL player and landscape architect
Dr. Susan Watcher: Professor, Wharton School of Econometrics

Dr. Joe Hughes: Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Adolfo Carrion, Jr.: Director of White House Urban Affairs (invited)

Mayor J. Christian Bollwage: Elisabeth, N.J. (invited)

The briefing is sponsored by the Congressional Urban Caucus’ Urban Parks Task Force, chaired by Congressman Chaka Fattah and co-chaired by Congressman Mike Turner. Bill H.R. 3734, the Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act, is authored by Congressman Albio Sires.

April 20, 2010
2:30 p.m. EDT

Longworth House Office Building
Room 1310
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