Voters say YES to the outdoors!

November 13, 2019

In the 2019 election, voters approved billions of dollars in recreation and conservation funding in cities, counties and states across the country. Outdoor Industry Association endorsed nine measures in 2019, six of which appeared on November 5ths ballots. OIA led a coalition of national NGOs to identify measures and support get-out-the-vote efforts among the outdoor recreation user and business communities.

Time and again, voters at the state and local levels make it clear that recreation infrastructure, clean water and public lands protections are essential to their quality of life,” said David Weinstein, state and local policy director for OIA. “Despite partisan politics that seem to grow louder by the day, we are consistently reminded by voters that getting outside has significant benefits to the well-being of individuals and communities, and is apolitical and worthy of investment.

Statewide ballot measures in Texas and Colorado and locally in the Portland Metro area accounted for the bulk of funding approved. Voters in King County, Washington, and Cary, North Carolina, approved additional spending over the summer, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, will consider its park infrastructure needs next week. If Tulsa is successful, the total amount of funding approved by OIA-endorsed measures this year will amount to over $4 billion. Find a complete list of OIA-endorsed measures here.