Oct 10, 2018
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock is joining The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute today, Oct. 10 to celebrate the one year anniversary of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign and highlight the importance of parks and public green spaces to quality of life in Denver.
“We’re serious about outdoor recreation here in Denver. Our goal is for every resident to live within a 10-minute walk of a park – every resident. Our families deserve nothing less than easily accessible, safe and fun parks where children of all ages can play and gather,” Mayor Hancock said. “By being a part of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign and participating in National Walk to a Park Day, we’re demonstrating our commitment to providing high quality parks here in Denver for all of our residents and neighborhoods.”
Mayor Hancock has partnered with more than 200 mayors across the country to support the ambitious goal that everyone in the country, and all residents of Denver, should live within a 10-minute of a high-quality park or green space. As part of Denveright – a set of five plans to guide Denver’s growth, and its impact on development, parks, mobility options and more over the next 20 years – the 10-minute walk goal is a cornerstone of the Game Plan for a Healthy City. In the Mayor’s 2019 proposed budget, $1.9 million has been allocated to make improvements at neighborhood parks, expand parkland, and construct a new pocket park in Westwood, new playgrounds in North Denver and a new dog park in south Denver. And with $136 million from the Elevate Denver bonds, the city will accelerate its work to improve our parks and bring more recreation opportunities to more people and more neighborhoods.
Mayor Hancock is encouraging everyone in Denver to walk to their nearest park today and every day to promote the benefits of parks and open space. Studies show that high-quality parks provide a wide range of benefits to people living in urban areas and cities themselves. These include physical and mental health benefits, by providing opportunities to be physically active and to interact with nature; economic benefits by boosting business and helping to revitalize neighborhoods; community-building benefits by providing opportunities for neighbors to interact with each other and work together to improve their surroundings; and environmental benefits by cleaning and cooling the air, improving climate resilience and providing opportunities for environmental education.