Promoting the Development of New Urban Parks in Low-Income Communities

Healthy Parks, Healthy Communities: A policy initiative to create safe parks and improve physical activity settings in low-income communities

Emerging evidence suggests that creating and enhancing parks and playgrounds can increase physical activity and improve health. From 2005 to 2007, the Trust for Public Land's Healthy Parks, Healthy Communities program worked with community groups in four Western cities to promote the development of new urban parks.

Key Results:

  • Some 67 people from local agencies received training in conservation funding.
  • The Trust for Public Land's National GIS (Geographic Information System) office completed park equity maps for Los Angeles and Santa Ana, Calif.; Pueblo, Colo.; and Yuma, Ariz.
  • The project made substantial progress on a campaign to fund new parks in Santa Ana, Calif.

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