Date: Monday 18 July 2022
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SAN FRANCISCO — Shannon Estenoz, deputy secretary of fish and wildlife and parks, visited California last week to highlight how investments from the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP) are helping San Francisco — and cities across America — create new urban parks and trails create and improve the existing park infrastructure. This visit underscores the Home Office’s commitment to ensuring that everyone, regardless of background or zip code, can enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors.
On Friday, Assistant Secretary of State Estenoz joined city, state and local government leaders to highlight a $61.1 million investment through the ORLP program in 2022 for local governments across the country. These efforts advance the goals of the America the Beautiful initiative to promote equity, biodiversity and climate change through collaborative and locally led conservation. Executives toured Buchanan Street Mall, which will receive a nearly $4 million grant to add new community-requested amenities and activities, including a community garden and open lawn, playground and picnic areas. The 5 blocks that make up Buchanan Street Mall are also now connected by a walking/exercise trail that runs throughout the park.
The group also visited Bay View Park, a recent recipient of ORLP funding, which celebrated the completion of the project earlier this year. Bay View funding helped renovate the park by adding new exercise equipment stations, picnic tables, and play structures, and improved pedestrian access points for the community.
Launched in 2014, the ORLP program enables urban communities to create new outdoor recreation spaces, revitalize existing parks, and create connections between people and nature in economically underserved communities.
On Saturday, Assistant Secretary of State Estenoz, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and San Francisco community leaders, celebrated the opening of the Presidio Tunnel Tops, which will add 14 acres to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area above the tops of the Presidio Parkway tunnels and provide more national park experiences for those who live in the urban Bay Area and for visitors from around the world. She delivered remarks that highlighted the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to ensuring all communities have access to nature.