Rep. Sires Reintroduces Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act (HR 709) in 112th Congress


Congressman Albio Sires (NJ) has reintroduced the Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act (H.R. 709), which would provide assistance to communities seeking to transform their neighborhoods by creating new or rehabilitating existing parks and recreation spaces.   With this small government investment, communities can plan and construct projects that will not only provide critical recreational opportunities, but will also attract economic development opportunities and other private sector investments. 

Creating new and rehabilitating existing parks and other outdoor recreation spaces has a myriad of benefits, including:

Attracting businesses and other economic development

Increasing residential and commercial property values

Creating and sustaining skilled, well-paying, community-based, jobs

Serving as community hubs that connect housing, schools, and business corridors via public transportation and bicycle and pedestrian trails.

Promoting public healthy by providing much-needed community spaces for outdoor activity and exercise.

Providing affordable community  and environmental benefits; Parks and other green spaces effectively mitigate  expensive stormwater management issues, Parks counteract the urban heat island effect, and Parks help improve air quality.

This bill remains one of ASLA’s top legislative priorities; in the 111th Congress this bill had the support of over 130 members of the House of Representatives.  Please encourage your elected officials to support this important legislation via ASLA’s Advocacy Network.  For more information visit ASLA’s Campaign for Urban Parks, where you can learn more about this bill, and send a message to your legislator. 

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