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Mayor launches new parks campaign

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by Jo Clifton

On behalf of the city of Austin, Mayor Steve Adler on Tuesday joined the Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute in launching the “10-minute walk” parks advocacy campaign. The goal of the campaign, joined by 134 mayors across the country, is to make sure that all Americans, including all residents of Austin, live within a 10-minute walk of a high-quality park or green space. Adler is an active member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which unanimously passed a resolution at the 85th Annual Meeting urging all mayors to actively pursue the 10-minute walk to a park goal. Tuesday’s announcement marks the start of a multiyear partnership with cities and mayors across the country. Beginning in 2018, the campaign – led by the Trust for Public Land in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association and Urban Land Institute – will be working with select cities across the country on measurable policies and strategies to advance the 10-minute walk vision, according to information from the mayor’s office. Charlie McCabe, director of the Center for City Park Excellence at the Trust for Public Land, came to Austin Tuesday to participate in the kickoff and work with like-minded organizations in Austin. Because City Council’s work session ran an hour longer than expected, McCabe had departed before the photo commemorating the occasion was taken. The photo does include the mayor and most of his staff, Council Member Alison Alter and Ted Siff, president of the Shoal Creek Conservancy. Siff is also part of a new coalition called Austin Outdoors, which is being formed to advocate on behalf of parks, open space and the environment, he said.

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