What are the objectives of The Healthy Parks Plan?

The Healthy Parks Plan will improve community health by expanding access to the benefits of parks—including increased opportunities for physical activity. The plan will also advance equity in the region by directly engaging communities with the greatest need.

 

This project will:

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Engage local community members in identifying park priorities and obstacles to using parks for physical activity

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Identify the park investments that will do the most to improve community health and equity

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Empower community groups to be active stewards of local parks and encourage health-focused park programming

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Raise awareness about the connections between park access, equity, and community health

 
 

What is the project timeline?

The Healthy Parks Plan will be carried out from January 2018 through June 2019 in three overlapping phases. The first phase of the project will focus on community engagement, and will include steering committee meetings, interviews and focus groups, speak out events, a telephone poll, and community workshops. The second phase of the project will involve an analysis of park resources, access, and quality, as well as a study of community health and equity in the three counties. This process will culminate in the creation of a decision-support tool and detailed recommendations for strategic park improvements and programming. The third phase of the project will focus on communicating the plan’s results. It will involve the creation of an interactive online story map, a summary report, a brochure, health-focused design standards for local parks, and several conceptual park designs.

 

 

Our Partners

Who is leading the Healthy Parks Plan?

This effort is being supported by St. David’s Foundation as part of their mission to build the healthiest community in the world. The Trust for Public Land will be leading the project and will partner with local design and planning firms Asakura Robinson and TBG Partners in community engagement, outreach, and conceptual design. Representatives of local agencies and community groups will participate as members of a steering committee, guiding the direction of planning efforts.

 
 

Project Documents

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