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A 10 Minute Walk to a Park Campaign

10 minutes: a short walk to a park, a giant step to transform America’s cities

Post Date:10/11/2017 12:00 PM

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10 minutes: a short walk to a park, a giant step to transform America’s cities

On October 10, 2017, at 10:10 a.m., a broad and bipartisan national coalition of more than 130 mayors, including from the four largest cities, are launching an ambitious initiative to expand access to parks nationwide. The goal is to ensure every American has a quality park within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile)
of home.

“Parks are a critical part of the infrastructure for the City of Bozeman. Everyone deserves to live within walking distance of a quality public park, no matter where they live in our city. This mayor’s coalition is a great step forward to ensure that Bozemanites and all Americans have a quality park within a close walk of home so that they get to enjoy the multitude of benefits parks provide,” said Bozeman Mayor, Carson Taylor.

10 Minute Walk

The problem: 

Research shows one in three Americans—more than 100 million people—
don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk of home.

The campaign:

Everyone deserves a quality park within a 10-minute walk. More than 130 mayors from
cities large and small are launching this initiative led by The Trust for Public Land in
partnership with National Recreation and Park Association and Urban Land Institute
and backed by The U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Why parks matter:

Parks provide a variety of benefits to residents and cities:

• Health:

Research shows that people exercise more when they have access to parks.
A study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)1 found better access to places
to be physically active led to a 26.5 percent increase in the number of people who
exercise three or more days a week. Even small amounts of exercise improve a person’s
health. Estimates are that 95 percent of U.S. adults, 92 percent of adolescents, and 58
percent of children don’t get the recommended amount of daily physical activity. Nearly
75% of citizens say parks, trails, and open space are an essential component of American
health care.

• Economic:

Parks and other urban natural areas produce benefits with estimated
values of up to $6.8 billion annually. In 2013, America’s local and regional public park agencies
generated nearly $140 billion in economic activity and supported almost 1 million jobs.

• Environmental:

Parks and green spaces reduce the cost of capturing and storing rain
water, alleviate the “urban heat island effect” and lower city temperatures, and can offset
flooding along ocean and river shorelines.

• Community:

Parks produce important social and community benefits, from making
neighborhoods more livable to offering much-needed recreational opportunities
for children and families. City residents say local parks are the common factor in developing
stronger social ties with their neighbors.