On 30 October, World Cities Day, which is celebrated during Urban October, the Healthy Parks Healthy Cities Committee launched our position statement. World Urban Parks recognizes that parks, open spaces and urban nature play a significant role creating healthy cities, healthy people and healthy societies.
The recent global COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the essential role parks and open spaces play by allowing people in cities to recreate safely, seek nature and relieve stress during these unusual times.
A healthy parks is characterized by safety, visual attractiveness, accessible and inviting.
Functions of a healthy park:
- preserving and protecting flourishing biodiversity
- provide for sustainable ecosystems
- deliver climate positive outcomes
- provide green infrastructure for integrated water management
- express culture and heritage
- define a sense of place
- help create a sense of belonging
- provide gathering spaces
- resilient and multi-functional spaces for wide-ranging recreational outcomes
- opportunity for people to exercise
- connecting with nature
The link between visiting and exercising in parks and green spaces and improved physical and mental health is now well proven.
According to the World Health Organisation – “there are very few, if any, other public health interventions that can achieve all this” (WHO: 2016:5).
If you would like to read the full position statement click here.