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Walk the Halls in Your District: June 27 to July 5th!

Here are a few reasons why this week is ideal...

4th of July: Many parks and recreation agencies or their cities will already be hosting Fourth of July events.  Congress will be in recess this week, and members will be in their home states and districts to celebrate and attend events.

Park and Recreation Month: This is a great way to kick off Park and Recreation moth. Many parks and recreation agencies will already be hosting Park and Recreation Month events, so you need only invite your member(s) of Congress to the event(s).

Summer Feeding Programs: USDA-sponsored Summer Feeding Programs (CACFP and SFSP) will be in full swing. These programs are great photo opportunities for your elected official.  

Texas Positions

The Texas Recreation and Park Society

supports the following positions:

2014-2015 Legislative Platform

 *Visit for more information and how to get involved.*

Photo above: Lt. Governor David Dewhurst visited with Deer Park PARD Assistant Director Charlie Sandberg, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Tommy Ginn and Director Scott Swigert at Parks Day at the Texas Capitol Jan. 16, 2013. 
Photo Courtesy of Texas Senate Media Services 


84th Session Legislature Resolution

2014-2015 Legislative Platform

Texas Statewide Voter Opinion Survey (summary)

Positioning for the 84th Texas Legislative Session-

Presented at the 2014 Institute & EXPO by Scott Swigert and Tom Tagliabue

Continuing Advocacy at Home

Distribution History-
Land and Water Conservation Fund

Walk the Halls in your District

July is Parks and Recreation Month

Visit  your U.S. Congressional Representative in their home district office during the week of July 21-25.  Make an appointment to meet with your representative or district office staff. Share with them the NRPA and TRAPS Legislative Platforms  including:

The following positions are held by TRAPS:
A. TRAPS takes the position of support of the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) top legislative and advocacy priorities. NRPA annually supports a national agenda for public parks and recreation in America that will ensure:

  • Appropriate matching federal investments in local, regional, and state parks and recreation resources;
  • Conservation and stewardship of our natural and cultural resources;
  • Close-to-home access to parks and recreation resources for all, and
  • National policies that promote healthy lifestyles and livable communities.

    NRPA supports national policies that promote physical activity, proper nutrition, child care, juvenile justice, and environmental sustainability.

    NRPA believes that parks and recreation can improve the physical health and mental health of every person, and that parks and recreation should be an essential public service of every community in America. Recommendations of the
    State Park Advisory Board Report including:
  • $25 million in annual appropriations for the Texas Recreation & Parks Account
  • Increased funding for the State Park operations, maintenance, acquisition and capital improvements to meet current and future needs.
    Ensure that no legislative appropriation riders set aside TRPA money for specific projects or locales.
  • All TRPA fund awards should be subject to established competitive grant process.
    Click here to download a document wi information regarding TRAPS support for increased sporting goods sales tax appropriations for local and state parks.

Click here to view the 83rd Session Legislature Resolution and to support legislation that increases funding for Texas parks and recreation.

History of Park Grant Funding

Park Grant Funding History by Name and District
Park Grant Funding History by House Appropriations Committee
Park Grant Funding History by House Appropriations Sub-committee
House Appropriations Committee Members

Economic Impact Studies

Economic Impact Study - Sunshine, Soccer and Success, completed by The Perryman Group, is now available on the Texas Parks and Recreation Foundation's (TPRF) website, The findings from this study are available for your review.

Also available is the Economic Engine of Parks and Recreation - Making Texas Greeen report which promotes the "value of parks and recreation on the basis of the aesthetics, health, and cultural values they bring to Texas."

Tier One Responsibilities

Tier One, with the authorization of the TRAPS Board of Directors, represents the Society in addressing legislative issues, policies and procedures relating to the parks and recreation movement by:

  • Keeping abreast of both federal and state legislation
  • Working with advocates from other professions, associations, or interest groups to assist in the committee work on legislative issues
  • Personally contacting local legislators and supporters
  • Drafting resolutions for local councils and commissions to adopt in support of TRAPS legislative agendas and positions.

    If you are interested in becoming a member of the Tier One network or serving on the TRAPS Legislative Committee, please contact the TRAPS Office.



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