Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Love Parks Week

In England a non-profit called GreenSpace, founded in 2006, has created an annual event called Love Parks Week. According to their website, the event "is now established as a major event that is celebrated in parks across the country."

Let's do it here! Milwaukee has one of the premier park systems in the US. Why not celebrate it more? 

Canoeing the Milwaukee Urban Water Trail, Milwaukee River Greenway
This is also from the Love Parks Week website:
Did you know?

  • 91% of people believe that public parks and open spaces improve their quality of life.

  • Over 33 million people in England choose to use their green spaces, with around a tenth of the population visiting daily, and over half of us do so weekly.

  • Air quality, air temperature, water and flood management, are all kept within manageable limits because of parks and green spaces.

  • The more often a person visits urban open green spaces, the less often he or she will report stress-related illnesses.

  • A brisk walk every day in your local park, can reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and diabetes by 50%, fracture of the femur by 30%, colon cancer by 30%, breast cancer by 30% and Alzheimer's by 25%.

  • Local authorities are not legally required to provide, invest in or maintain public parks and green spaces.

  • I don't know the comparable stats for the US but I'd bet they are similar. 

    I love the parks. I know a lot of other people who do. Milwaukee should get out in front of this one, don't you think?

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