About the Project
Close-to-home parks can play critical roles in fostering community health and well-being. Research shows that access to parks has mental and physical health benefits, including lowering stress, blood pressure, and risk of heart disease. In addition to providing opportunities for physical activity, parks strengthen communities by building social connections, connecting more people to nature, and through improving the environment.
Increasing access to parks can benefit all residents by:
Providing opportunities to exercise - one of the most important ways people can improve their health
Creating welcoming green spaces where residents can relax and spend time outdoors, reducing stress and risk of chronic disease and increasing overall well-being
Increasing social connections and community cohesion - combating the serious health impacts of social isolation and loneliness
Improving local air and water quality and mitigating climate impacts, such as flooding and rising temperatures