Advocacy

Issue Brief: Outdoors For All Act

THE ISSUE

ASLA believes that all persons should have equitable access to a healthy environment in which to live, work, and learn. To that end, ASLA encourages policies and practices that proactively recognize and equitably address the needs and concerns of underserved populations, including access to outdoor recreation spaces.

Background

Local and community parks and other outdoor recreation spaces contribute to the sustainability of the community and region through recreation, education, social interaction, psychological renewal, and connection with nature. Far too often, marginalized communities do not have adequate outdoor recreation space. This patterned exclusion within the built environment has harmful effects on households and the public and impacts physical and mental health, economic development, and community growth and cohesion.

Bill Summary

The Outdoors for All Act seeks to address the lack of adequate recreation space in underserved communities. Specifically, the bill will codify and establish a dedicated source of funding for the existing Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program of the National Park Service.

This program will help fund project expenses for new parks, the renovation of existing recreation facilities, and development of infrastructure supporting outdoor education and public land volunteerism. Priority will be given to projects that take place within underserved communities, empower the youth in these communities, and significantly enhance access to parks and recreational opportunities.

Landscape architects are well-suited to access funding through the Outdoors for All Act to plan and design community park projects that help bridge the gap in underserved communities nationwide.


Recent Action

On December 2, 2021, S. 2887 was the subject of a hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

On October 17, 2021, 
H.R. 5413 was referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands.

Sponsors

Senator Alex Padilla (CA), and cosponsors.

Representative Nanette Diaz Barragan (CA), and cosponsors.
  

Contact

Roxanne Blackwell, 
Esq., Hon. ASLA,
Director of Federal
Government Affairs
governmentaffairs@asla.org

Elizabeth Hebron,
Director of State
Government Affairs
governmentaffairs@asla.org

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