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Infrastructure Week: Our Parks Are Infrastructure

  • 1539 Longworth House Office Building (map)

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and City Parks Alliance (CPA) invite you attend an Infrastructure Week Congressional Briefing: Our Parks Are Infrastructure on Wednesday, May 15 at 10AM in 1539 Longworth House Office Building

Over 80 percent of the population lives in a city, and our nation’s city parks, which are supported by a vast network of infrastructure systems, play an important role in spurring economic growth and development and creating more resilient communities with green infrastructure systems. However, despite the growing popularity of public parks and lands, chronic underfunding of our parks infrastructure continues to plague the system, threatening both the safety of these infrastructure systems and communities’ economic stability. ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card gave our nation’s public parks infrastructure a grade of “D+.”

Attendees of this session will learn about the nexus of public parks and green stormwater infrastructure and the ancillary community benefits of green infrastructure; how investment in our parks is necessary in order to meet the needs of a growing population; and the critical role of public parks infrastructure in driving local economies and addressing transportation needs. Panelists will emphasis the need for city parks to be included in any future infrastructure legislation.

Speakers include:

  • Catherine Nagel, Executive Director, City Parks Alliance

  • Tom Smith, ENV SP, CAE, ASCE Executive Director, American Society of Civil Engineers

  • Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH)

  • Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

  • Robert Traver, Ph.D, P.E. 

The event is free to both Congressional staff and the public.

Please send your RSVP and any questions to govwash@asce.org