filed under: livable/active communities
by American Planning Association
Parks serve many different uses, may be specialized in their function, or can simply provide visual appeal for residents. Parks define the shape and feel of a city and its neighborhoods.
Published April 2003
American Trails contributor Josh Adams recently interviewed Lawrence Simonson, who serves as the Chief Strategy Officer of the PedNet Coalition, to talk pedestrian safety, projects and obstacles, and making a difference in Missouri.
Promoting physical activity among children and adults is a priority national health objective in the United States. Regular physical activity lowers the risk of chronic diseases and is an important strategy for reversing the obesity epidemic.
This literature review discusses how urban form affects public health, specifically through the ways in which the built environment encourages or discourages physical activity levels.
To counteract the effects of sprawling development, many communities use trails and greenways to curb ill-planned growth and preserve ecologically important areas. The result is a higher quality of life, a healthier environment, and more livable communities.