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Film Highlights Outdoor Recreation Access Created by LWCF

Urban parks, such as Barnum in Denver, received support from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (Kristal Kraft/Flickr)
Urban parks, such as Barnum in Denver, received support from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (Kristal Kraft/Flickr)
September 4, 2018

DENVER – "Land, Water y Comunidad," a new film released by the Hispanic Access Foundation, makes a cultural case for preserving a federal program that supports parks, swimming pools and access to public lands

Chela Irlando, the foundation’s director of conservation, says Latinos place a high value on family experiences in spaces that are friendly to three-year-olds and grandparents alike.

She says reauthorizing and fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund will help protect a way of life for future generations.

"And these places supported by the Land and Water Conservation Fund really matter to people in communities,” she states. “It's a place for us not only to connect with nature but to spend time with family and to explore our cultural heritage and enjoy outdoor recreation."

The film spotlights five different types of sites supported by the fund, including city parks in Rifle, Colo., and Las Cruces, N.M.; state parks in Miami and Las Vegas and a national monument in the California desert.

The fund, created in 1965 with broad bipartisan support, will expire on Sept. 30 if not renewed by Congress.

Gabriel Otero, Colorado Plateau representative for The Wilderness Society, is featured in the film. He calls the Land and Water Conservation Fund a great equalizer because it supports green spaces and waterways that are accessible to diverse communities.

"Oftentimes, the Latino community isn't able to get out to our national parks, out into wilderness,” he states. “You know, it requires sometimes an off-road vehicle or just extra money to get out to these places."

Over the past five decades the fund, which uses royalties collected from offshore drilling, has supported more than 41,000 parks and other projects in nearly every county nationwide.

Irlando says the range of sites touched by the fund include Civil War battlefields and national monuments as well as the neighborhood park where she walks her dog.

"So many people don't know that the places that they visit and bring their families to for generations to enjoy, that those places would not be there without the support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund," she states.

Eric Galatas, Public News Service - CO