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DOI Secretary Ken Salazar and HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims Address Park and Recreation Advocates from Across the US

March 19, 2011

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) welcomed Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Ken Salazar, and Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ron Sims, to its annual National Policy Dinner on March 16.

Ashburn, Va. (Vocus/PRWEB) March 18, 2011

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) welcomed Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Ken Salazar, and Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ron Sims, to its annual National Policy Dinner on March 16.

An audience representing hundreds of park and recreation organizations from 44 states attended as part of NRPA’s 2011 National Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

Describing the broad support of the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Report, Secretary Salazar said there were 67 million members of all of the organizations affiliated with the AGO process. “That tells you how important this agenda is to the American people.”

Deputy Secretary Sims thanked the audience for working to protect parks, “”¦because it builds communities and families. It provides opportunities, a chance for people to win or lose; a chance for people to be first or try hard. That’s all we want in life.” Sims recognized that parks and recreation are critical components to the success of HUD’s Livable Communities Program.

“NRPA was honored to have Secretary Salazar and Deputy Secretary Sims keynote this year’s policy dinner,” said Barbara Tulipane, CEO of NRPA. “They truly understand how parks build communities. Their support is critical to preserve our country’s green spaces for health, conservation and economic prosperity.”

The NRPA Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation provides attendees the opportunity to network and meet with decision makers in Congress and the Administration to discuss creative ways of addressing critical issues, federal funding opportunities and new legislation for community health. The Forum took place March 16-18, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

High resolution photos of Secretary Salazar and Deputy Secretary Sims at the 2011 NRPA Policy Dinner are available at http://www.nrpa.org/media.

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 20,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. For more information, visit http://www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit http://www.parksandrec-magazine.org.

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