To authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to establish and carry out a community revitalization program to provide Federal grants to communities for the rehabilitation of critically needed parks, recreational areas, and facilities, the development of improved recreational programs, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Community Parks Revitalization Act''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following: (1) According to the 2010 United States Census, over 80 percent of the population of the United States lives in urban areas. (2) Urban parks are a critical part of our Nation's urban infrastructure, playing a vital role in revitalizing neighborhoods, stimulating our Nation's economy, combating national issues such as obesity and juvenile delinquency, and protecting our environment. (3) Urban parks are a catalyst for active outdoor recreation, an industry which in 2010 supported 6,100,000 American jobs, generated $646,000,000,000 in retail sales and services across the United States, generated $39,900,000,000 in Federal tax revenues, and $39,900,000,000 in State and local tax revenues. (4) Studies also show that approximately 20 jobs are created for every $1,000,000 invested in parks and conservation projects. (5) Studies have found that parkland saves cities millions of dollars in storm water management and air pollution expenses by capturing precipitation, reducing runoff, and absorbing air pollutants. (6) Between 2001 and 2012, as funding for local parks and recreation significantly declined,...