National Park Service Celebrates Its 97th Anniversary

The National Park Service, established on August 25, 1916, will celebrate its 97th anniversary this weekend.  The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) applauds the efforts of the National Park Service in helping Americans increase their level of physical activity through outdoor recreation, and we recognize the National Park Service’s crucial role in implementing programs such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) which provides significant opportunities for kids and families to be more active.

In June, NCPPA joined with other stakeholders in signing a letter of support for the LWCF and urged the Administration to voice its public support for this important program that has been a resource for communities working to combat childhood obesity by creating safe places for kids to be active.  For example, a portion of LWCF funds are allocated to a “State Assistance Program,” where matching grants are made available to communities to build playgrounds, bike paths, parks, soccer fields, and swimming pools, among other infrastructure.  Please click here to view the final letter.

“As America’s pastimes become more sedentary, indoor, and unhealthy, the National Park Service has been at the forefront of providing real opportunities for families to get outside and enjoy the outdoors in a physically active way,” said Scott Goudeseune, President of NCPPA.  “NCPPA strongly supports the programs implemented through the National Park Service, like the LWCF, in building the capacity for whole communities to enjoy and participate in physical activity in the outdoors.”

NCPPA looks forward to continuing to educate policy makers and other leaders about the importance of maintaining funding for the National Park Service and the invaluable programs it administers through the LWCF.