The new ParkScore Report, with Linda Hwang and Bianca Shulaker from Trust for Public Land
Trust for Public Land is a U.S.-based non-profit organization that works to connect everyone to the benefits and joys of the outdoors. Through national advocacy and local partnerships, TPL builds and renovates parks and green spaces to ensure access to the outdoors.
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The guests discuss the 10-minute walk program, a national initiative that is working with over 300 mayors and cities across the U.S. to commit to closing the park equity divide.
As Bianca Shulaker, Senior Director of the 10-Minute Walk Program suggests, the initiative works hand in hand with city partners and advocates to analyze the current park systems, identify opportunities and create a roadmap for equitable park investment. TPL works hand in hand with community members to ensure parks are not only built or restored, but also maintained.
Linda, Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation, also outlines the main findings of the ParkScore index and report which are released on May 24, 2023. The ParkScore index measures park systems across the largest 100 cities in the U.S. with regards to park acreage, access, amenities, investments and equity.
As Linda and Bianca mention, this year’s ParkScore report highlights the relationship between parks and health, and showcases some of the country’s trends in health and wellbeing of their citizens. The TPL team shares pointers for park professionals around the world attempting to lead in-depth park analyses with regional or country-level data.
- You can find Trust for Public Land’s work at https://www.tpl.org/
- Join the 10-Minute Walk program at https://10minutewalk.org/
- Discover how parks influence their communities at https://www.tpl.org/parkserve
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