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 WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $1,000,000 for the City of Richmond in order to create a nature park at Broad Rock Creek. The funding, courtesy of the National Park Service’s Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership, was made possible through the Great American Outdoors Act, which was authored and championed by Sen. Warner and Sen. Kaine. 

Specifically, the funding will be used to renovate the area, repairing the Broad Rock Creek Park bridge, developing trails and building roads throughout the park, and adding park amenities including wayfinding, kiosks, benches, water fountains, restrooms, and trash cans.  

“Virginia is home to some of the most beautiful natural lands in the country, but for too long we didn’t had the funding to preserve and improve these parks for recreational use. As one of the authors of the Great American Outdoors Act, I am thrilled to see this law continue to pay off more than four years later. These federal dollars will help restore and maintain Broad Rock Creek Park for Virginians to enjoy for many years to come,” said Sen. Warner.

“I’m thrilled Richmond is receiving this federal funding thanks to the Great American Outdoors Act, which I was proud to support as an original cosponsor and help pass,” said Sen. Kaine. “I’ve been to Broad Rock Creek many times, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this federal funding will improve the park so visitors can keep enjoying its magic.”

The years-long efforts by Sens. Warner and Kaine to provide relief to Virginia’s national parks culminated in the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, which was signed into law in 2020. The legislation provided $9.5 billion over five years to the National Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Indian Education to address the deferred maintenance backlog at these agencies.