World Parks Week 2021

#Hyperlocal

Heading into another year of celebrating World Parks Week, we are excited to welcome you to celebrate this unique, international event. This year, we want to encourage everyone to think #Hyperlocal, which is the theme for World Parks Week 2021. With COVID-19 remaining a reality for many across the globe, our theme for World Parks Week extends from last year’s #NatureNeverCloses theme by encouraging people to think about what their local neighborhoods/communities have to offer and what these local spaces mean to them. Trending recently is rapid adoption and extension of the 10 /20 /30 Minute Neighborhood concept - all people having access to a nearby park and their basic needs within a 10- minute safe and accessible walk or ride, and incorporating these into existing and forthcoming new cities and communities globally by 2030. Thinking #Hyperlocal helps us to build deeper connections with our communities in a time where connection is paramount!

Being mindful of the current restrictions in each community, we are challenging people to get creative and consider the ways in which they can engage in #Hyperlocal thinking. For instance, activities can be as little as reading a book or as exciting as visiting a nearby park! We want to ensure that people can engage with parks regardless of being indoors or outdoors. Furthermore, thinking about and engaging in #Hyperlocal spaces and activities can help in addressing individual and community health, urban nature, equity, accessibility, climate resiliency, and much more.

Over the course of one week, the goal for World Parks Week 2021 is to promote and share various related activities, initiatives, stories and advice on how people across the globe can engage in #Hyperlocal thinking with a focus on the 10 /20 /30 Minute Neighbourhood concept. World Urban Parks intends to distribute information via various virtual platforms including social media, World Parks Week website, and webinars while simultaneously providing additional resources such as blogs and advocacy resources from supporters and ambassadors of World Parks Week.

Heading into another year of celebrating World Parks Week, we are excited to invite you as a supporting in spreading awareness of this unique, international event. This year, we want to encourage everyone to think #Hyperlocal, which is the theme for World Parks Week 2021. Explore how people, parks, and cities are discovering their own neighourhoods and communities or submit your own to share with others!

 

As the health and nature movement grows, the definition of Park Prescriptions continues to evolve. On ParkRx.org they focus on programs or interventions that…

  • Include a health or social service provider
  • who encourages their patients/clients to spend time in nature
  • with the goal of improving their health and well-being.

Park Prescription programs can be as diverse as the communities for which they are designed and they often include collaboration between park and public land agencies, healthcare providers, and community partners. As a result, identifying universal criteria for what constitutes a “Park Prescription” is challenging. Parks RX have developed the criteria that is used on parkrx.org with the input of many stakeholders, recognizing that others may use the term differently. 

 

#GoingGreenForParkies is a thank you to parkies everywhere for their essential frontline work keeping our parks green, clean and safe. What we would do without our parks. What would we do without you! Light your park and/or city green April 30th!