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Outdoors for All Act Passes the U.S. House

ASLA 2021 Professional General Design Honor Award. Ferrous Foundry Park, Lawrence, Massachusetts. STIMSON/Ngoc Doan

On April 9, the Outdoors for All Act unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives as a part of the EXPLORE Act package. ASLA and its members successfully advocated for the measure and now urges the Senate to swiftly pass its version of the bill.

The Outdoors for All Act seeks to address the lack of adequate recreation space in underserved communities. The bill establishes 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
  • Renovation of existing recreation facilities
  • 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
  • Significantly enhance access to parks and recreational opportunities

“Research confirms what our bodies and nature already understand – more time in outdoor spaces increases well-being,” said Torey Carter-Conneen, CEO of ASLA. “Communities across the country need investment in welcoming, dynamic, and safe outdoor spaces. Landscape architects have deep experience in bringing people and nature closer together.”

The Senate companion bill, America’s Outdoor Recreation Act, also contains the Outdoors for All Act. ASLA is now working to ensure the Senate swiftly passes this bipartisan parks and recreation package.

It only takes a moment to make landscape architecture’s voice heard in the Senate.

Read more in ASLA’s Press Release.

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