Sunshine! Fresh air! Green grass! Lucky are those who have a nearby green space to exercise, socialize, commune with nature, or just relax! Yet, one in three Americans do not live within a half-mile of a public park. The 10-Minute Walk Campaign—the brainchild of A Trust for Public Land (TPL), the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI)—wants to change this for as many people as possible. Launched in October of 2017, it already has 145 mayors signed on. Big or little, urban or rural, red or blue, they are all jumping on board. Putting its money where its mouth is, The National Recreation and Park Association is currently debuting its 10-Minute Walk Technical Assistance Grant that will offer $40,000 to 12 to 13 cities that will make walking to a park as easy as a walk in the park!
The 10-Minute Walk Planning & Technical Assistance Grant
This program's ambitious goal is to have a park within 10-minute walking distance of every person in every neighborhood in every city in the country. The grant will provide both funding and technical assistance to mayors and cities. In addition to the monetary portion of the grant, winners will also receive:
- Technical assistance from the NRPA, The TPR, the ULI, and other experts.
- Access to and technical support for planning and mapping tools, such as TPL's ParkServe.
- Peer support and networking.
- National visibility through articles in Parks and Recreation magazine and other partner publications, national press releases, and opportunities to present at national conferences.
Applying to the Program
Eligible applicants are Native American tribes and tribal organizations and local governments. Mayors in applicant cities must be signed up with the 10-Minute Walk Campaign. Applicants must work together with at least 3 partners outside parks and recreation departments such as a local Urban Land Institute or Trust for Public Land office. The deadline is March 9, 2018. An optional webinar will be held February 6, 2018.
- Want to know the status of your city's parks? ParkServe lets you know how many are your area, the total acreage of parkland, and more interesting statistics. Enter your city in their search engine.
- For short-and-sweet summary of 10-Minute Walk project, watch the under-one-minute video.
- Join the conversation at #10minutewalk.
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