Community Recreation, Fitness and Parks

STRATEGY 4
Community recreation and park organizations, the fitness industry and private business should advocate for increased and sustainable funding and resources to create new, or enhance existing, physical activity facilities and services in areas of high need. (RFP-4)

TACTICS:

Develop partnerships to increase and protect dedicated funding for community recreation, fitness, and park facilities and services, especially in areas of high need. (RFP-4.1)

Objectives:

  • By 2020, community parks departments and recreation organizations will develop and expand partnerships that would enhance funding for facilities and programming.
  • By 2020, community recreation, fitness and parks organizations will protect and further increase national, state, and local partnerships whose charge is to advocate for and protect dedicated funding sources for community recreation, fitness, and park facilities capital improvements and services by 20%.
  • By 2020, public and private community recreation, fitness and parks organizations will work towards increasing capital and operational funding for community recreation, fitness, and park services – restoring them to pre-Great Recession levels or greater.

Identify and pursue creative and alternative sources of funding for community sites and places for physical activity from local business, community foundations, and partnerships. (RFP-4.2)

Objective:

  • By 2020, public and private Community Recreation, Fitness and Park organizations will increase the range of community recreation, fitness, and park funding sources derived from local business, foundations, and public-private partnerships.

Advocate for tax incentives to promote the development and use of community-based facilities and spaces for physical activity programs. (RFP-4.3)

Objectives:

  • By 2020, the Community Recreation, Fitness and Parks Sector will partner with the Healthcare, Business and Industry, and Education sectors to develop policies that would provide incentives for individuals to engage in more physical activity.
  • By 2020, the Community Recreation, Fitness and Parks Sector will partner with the Healthcare Sector to increase the number of private provider incentives through insurance programs.

Promote federal and state mechanisms (e.g., grant matching programs, easements) to leverage local dollars and other resources to build capacity for physical activity in communities with low capacity, but high need. (RFP-4.4)

Objective:

  • By 2020, state and national organizations will work towards increasing the number of matching federal and state capital funding mechanisms (e.g., grant matching programs, Land & Water Conservation Fund) available to low income, diverse communities by 20%.

Promote policies and strategies that specifically support funding for community trails, multi-use recreation and fitness facilities, playgrounds, and public access to waterways. (RFP-4.5)

Advocate for the establishment of Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation in each state to develop policies and partnerships between federal, state, and local land management agencies and encourage partnerships that promote physical activity. (RFP-4.6)

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