Safe Routes to Parks + grant opportunities

Addressing park accessibility helps increase the use of parks and plays a critical part in ensuring that communities have access to places to be physically active. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership created the Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework, intended to be used as a guide that will engage leaders and community members in an ongoing process to ensure that community policies and practices support safe and equitable access to parks.  

Click image to read more about Safe Routes to Parks and access the Action Framework. 

Click image to read more about Safe Routes to Parks and access the Action Framework. 

GRANT OPPORTUNITY:

The Safe Routes to Parks Action Program is currently accepting applications for awards for ten grantee communities in 2018. Grantee communities will receive grants of $12,000 each, and will receive training, coaching and technical assistance. Technical assistance will include resources, webinars, site visits, peer support, and feedback on plans and projects over the grant period. For more information, click here. 

Report: NYS Park System Economic Benefits

Long Island's state parks expand the island's economy by millions, according to a NY Parks & Trails report. The 21.7 million Long Island state park visitors between April 2015 - March 2016 spent $1.3 billion, adding jobs opportunities in the parks as well as nearby restaurants, stores, hotels and suppliers, from trucking firms to sporting goods stores.

 "Combining both visitor and state government spending, the study finds that the economic significance of the New York State park system supports 54,000 jobs, $5 billion in sales, and
$2.9 billion in state GDP. Of this, the economic impacts – which exclude local visitors but include non-local visitors and state government expenditures – total 27,000 jobs, $2.6 billion in sales, and $1.5 billion in state GDP."

Read full report HERE