City Receives Grant Funding to Support 10-Minute Walk Campaign

News posted Feb. 27, 2019 - 6:00 am
Ten Minute Walk

Raleigh is one of 10 communities nationwide receiving funds as part of the 10-Minute Walk campaign from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The campaign aims to address the fact that one in three Americans don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of home. Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources will receive $40,000 for public engagement efforts and data analysis.

About 70% of Raleigh residents currently live within a 10-minute walk to a park. The grant will strengthen public engagement and data analysis efforts and provide access to resources, including NRPA’s Park Metrics, TPL’s Park Serve® and ULI’s Advisory Services.

Mayor Nancy McFarlane is a proud participant of the 10-Minute Walk campaign, led by NRPA, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

“We are fortunate to have parks spread throughout our City,” said Mayor McFarlane. This grant will enhance our Parks and Recreation planning and will help us continue to move toward the goal of having parks within walking distance of all residents.”

“Parks are essential to the health, happiness, and prosperity of our nation,” said Jack Kardys, chair, NRPA Board of Directors. “We believe everyone deserves a great park and we’re proud to help lead this effort that prioritizes parks in cities and urban areas across the country.”

Launched in 2017, the 10-Minute Walk campaign establishes the ambitious goal that everyone in the United States should live within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space. A bipartisan group of more than 220 mayors has joined this effort, including mayors from the nation’s largest cities to small towns. Specifically, the campaign aims to work with mayors to bring about city and regional level changes in three main areas: planning, funding, and policies. These may include city bond measures; zoning changes to encourage park development; park master plans focused on access and quality; the expansion of “joint use” agreements that open school playgrounds, tracks, and gyms for public use after hours; and other innovations.

The campaign was built on research that shows access to high-quality parks within a half mile of home deliver a wide range of benefits for urban residents and cities. These include reducing crime rates, improving mental and physical health outcomes (e.g., depression, anxiety and obesity), increasing city revenues, and protecting communities from more flooding, extreme temperatures and other impacts from climate change.

Funding for the 10-Minute Walk campaign is provided by The JPB Foundation.

About The National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation, and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.

For more information, contact

  • TJ McCourt, 919-996-6079
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