Improve Access to Parks and Open Space

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Why Is This a Priority?

Residents said that access to parks, greenways, nature preserve, recreational fields, open space, and other natural amenities are important to their health and overall quality of life. Planning for parks and open spaces near existing or future population centers will provide residents with more opportunities for recreation closer to home.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][fancy-ul icon_type=”font_icon” icon=”icon-ok” color=”Extra-Color-3″]

How Do We Get There?

  • Partner with local government to promote development that includes equitable distribution of schools, shopping, parks, grocery stores, and other amenities.
  • Create a mechanism for identifying how planning efforts may affect the health and well-being of racial and ethnic minorities, who disproportionately exhibit poorer health status and outcomes in the region.
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What Can Residents Do?

  • Join a “Friends of” the park group
  • Communicate issues and ideas to improve parks by speaking to your local parks and recreation department
  • Support funding for parks
  • Form a walking or biking group and use your local parks and trails!
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