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Lewisville Receives Grant Funding to Support Participation in 10-Minute Walk Campaign

Post Date:May 01, 2018

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As part of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, Lewisville was recently selected to receive $40,000 in grant funding from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The grant funding will be used to support city planning efforts that help increase access to high-quality parks within a 10-minute walk. Mayor Rudy Durham is a proud participant of the 10-Minute Walk campaign, which is led by NRPA, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

One of 12 cities selected to receive this grant funding, Lewisville currently has 61.4% of people living within a 10-minute walk of a park. As a result, the city will utilize funds to conduct walkability audits with community partners to identify ways to increase connectivity to parks and develop a neighborhood park improvement schedule based on a social equity model for prioritization. The grant funding provided by NRPA will help strengthen these efforts and provide access to a variety of tools and resources, including TPL’s Park Serve® and Parkology and ULI’s Advisory Services.

“Ensuring each of our residents have easy access to our green centerpiece and park system via trails and pedestrian connections are the primary Big Moves of Lewisville 2025,” said Mayor Rudy Durham. “The funds and assistance from the grant will help the City of Lewisville identify specific actions for increasing the number of residents who have access to a quality park. “

“At NRPA we believe everyone deserves a great park,” said Barbara Tulipane, NRPA president and CEO. “That’s why we’re proud to help lead this effort — providing cities with the tools and resources necessary to make the 10-minute walk goal a reality.”

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 nearly 200 mayors have joined this effort, which will require major advances in park finance and construction; zoning changes to encourage park development; embedding this goal into city park’s master plans; the expansion of “joint use” agreements that open school playgrounds, tracks, and gyms for public use after hours and on weekends; and other innovations.

Studies show that high-quality parks provide a wide range of benefits to urban residents and cities themselves. These include physical and mental health benefits, by providing opportunities to be physically active and to interact with nature; economic benefits by boosting business and helping to revitalize neighborhoods; community-building benefits by providing opportunities for neighbors to interact with each other and work together to improve their surroundings; and environmental benefits by cleaning and cooling the air, improving climate resilience, and providing opportunities for environmental education.

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

To learn more about the 10-Minute Walk campaign, visit 10minutewalk.org.

To learn more about NRPA, visit nrpa.org.