ParksLove Project

Parks Are Essential

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Lynnwood Parks play a vital role in the social, economic, environmental and physical well-being of all members of the Lynnwood community.  COVID-19 has highlighted what has been true for many years: parks and recreation is vital to ensuring that all people — no matter their race, ethnicity, income, age, location or gender identity — thrive. 
 
In the midst of COVID-19, a racial justice movement, growing economic pressures, health crises and devastating impacts of climate change, park and recreation professionals are continuing to serve their communities by maintaining essential infrastructure and providing innovative and vital programming. 

Health: Since March 11, 2020, the day the World Health Organization declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic, the essential services park and recreation agencies provide has only been magnified.  Parks and open spaces encourage active lifestyle and improve individuals physical and mental health. 


Environmental:
 Parks make cities more resilient. Parks and green spaces reduce the cost of capturing and storing rainwater, alleviate the “urban heat island effect” and lower city temperatures, and can offset flooding along ocean and river shorelines. 

Economic: Local park and recreation agencies generated $166 billion in economic activity and supported more than 1.1 million jobs in 2017. Beyond the nationwide impact, NRPA’s report, The Economic Impact of Local Parks, shows the economic contribution of parks and recreation in the state-level too. The estimates of total economic impacts include the direct, indirect and induced effects of operations and capital spending by local park and recreation agencies. 

Community Connections: Parks produce important social and community benefits, from making neighborhoods more livable to offering much-needed recreational opportunities for children and families. People say local parks are the common factor in developing stronger social ties with their neighbors.

NRPA Resilient Park Access Grant

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being.
The Resilient Park Access grant is dedicated to advancing community-driven, systems-level strategies for equitable park access that improves the environmental resilience and health of communities. This grant supports park and recreation professionals in partnership with leaders from community-based organizations. Lynnwood is one of six communities nationwide selected to advance equitable park access.

ParksLove Project

The Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department plan to use this grant as an opportunity to complete a community-driven, comprehensive Park & Trail Capital Project Plan and prioritization project centering equity in our park system planning. 

The work on the ParksLove Project will examine park equity in an effort to guide park priorities and investments in ways that engage and benefit all.  We will be asking the questions do all people and communities benefit equally from parks? Do they have access to high quality parks with park amenities that serve their needs and interests? Are our parks inclusive for all ages and abilities and if not, where are those gaps? Do our parks support an system of environmental resiliency

NRPA Resilient Park Access Grant