Great Outdoors Week 2005 Plans Announced

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Contact: Derrick Crandall

GREAT OUTDOORS WEEK 2005 WILL FOCUS ON PROPOSED RECREATION POLICY ACT AND NATIONAL RECREATION STRATEGY

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Washington, D.C. - Great Outdoors Week 2005 – June 5 -11 – will highlight efforts underway to enact a new national recreation policy act designed to enhance outdoor recreation’s contributions to Americans’ health and quality of life. The legislation also calls for a new National Recreation Strategy that responds to changing and growing demands for quality recreation on federally-managed lands and waters – areas that cover one-third of the nation’s surface.

The week will again be coordinated by the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and will include events hosted by more than a dozen federal agencies and national organizations. Public/private cooperative ventures – from Take Pride in America to WOW-Wonderful Outdoor World – will be highlighted, along with presentations of key awards, including the 17th annual Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award, ARC’s Legends Awards to outstanding federal recreation program officials, and best practices awards by the Coalition for Recreational Trails.

For the second year, the Washington-focused Great Outdoors Week will be a key component of Great Outdoors Month. First proclaimed by President George W. Bush in 2004, Great Outdoors Month – June – includes a long list of recreation community events and meetings, including National Trails Day and National Fishing and Boating Week. Full details on the month are available at www.greatoutdoorsmonth.org.

Great Outdoors Week will include a Recreation Policy Forum on the nation’s surface transportation program, highlighting its importance to recreation opportunities and honoring Congressional champions of the Recreational Trails Program, the Transportation Enhancements program and the National Scenic Byways Program. The week will also include a session on new outdoor recreation technologies designed to enhance recreation experiences and improve recreation program management, as well as the June Recreation Exchange, which will focus on the key link between health and participation in active recreation.

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(February 4, 2005)