When: Monday July 18, 2022
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SAN FRANCISCO — Fish and Wildlife and Parks Assistant Secretary Shannon Estenoz traveled to California last week to highlight how Outdoor Recreation Partnership Program (ORLP) investments are helping San Francisco — and cities across America – creating new urban parks and trails and upgrading existing park infrastructure . This visit underscores the commitment of the Ministry of the Interior to ensure that everyone, regardless of origin or postal code, can enjoy the benefits of the outdoors.
On Friday, Assistant Secretary Estenoz joined city, state, and community leaders in highlighting a $61.1 million ORLP program investment in 2022 for communities across the country. . These efforts advance the america the beautiful the initiative’s goals to advance equity, biodiversity and climate change through collaborative and locally-led conservation. Leaders toured the Buchanan Street Mall, which is set to receive a nearly $4 million grant to add new community-requested amenities and activities, including a community garden and lawn, playground and picnic areas open picnics. The 5 blocks that make up the Buchanan Street Mall will also now be connected by a walking/exercise path that runs continuously through the park.
The group also visited Bay View Park, a recent recipient of ORLP funds which celebrated the completion of the project earlier this year. Bay View funding helped renovate the park, add new exercise equipment stations, picnic tables and play structures, and improve pedestrian access points for the community .
The ORLP program, established in 2014, empowers urban communities to create new outdoor recreation spaces, revitalize existing parks, and connect people to the outdoors in economically underserved communities.
On Saturday, Assistant Secretary Estenoz joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi and San Francisco community leaders to celebrate the opening of the Presidio Tunnel Tops, which adds 14 acres to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area above the tunnels of Presidio Parkway, bringing more National Park experiences. to those who live in the urban Bay Area and to visitors from around the world. She delivered remarks that underscored the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to ensuring that all communities have access to nature.