During the coronavirus pandemic, close-to-home parks took on a whole new importance. They were where we turned for exercise, fresh air, and a respite from anxiety. But in many communities, parks are too few and far between, unwelcoming, rundown, or unsafe. Just as America’s great outdoors have never been more in demand than they are during the pandemic, the consequences of park inequities—for our health, climate resilience, and prosperity—have never been more acute. COVID-19 is a wake-up call: the time to address the long-standing gaps in outdoor access and quality has come. But there’s good news! Congress set an impressive record in last year’s budget - $125 million in funding for the creation and redevelopment of local parks, schoolyards, trails and open space through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership program (ORLP). These funds target underserved communities in cities with a population over 50,000 people. This is a major win for equitable access to nature. Come learn how ORLP grants work, how to work with partners to create a successful proposal and what an additional $500 million in local parks funding could mean for access to nature across the country.