Lexington Joins 10 Minute Walk Campaign to Advance Access to Parks and Green Spaces

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The goal is to have all residents within 10 minutes of the park and green spaces by 2050

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington has joined the 10-Minute Walk campaign, joining cities across the country that pledge to ensure that 100% of their residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park or green space in 2050. The campaign underscores the city’s commitment to the campaign goal, which promotes a vision of expanding safe and equitable access to parks and green spaces.

“Our parks and green spaces are essential to the health and growth of our city,” said Mayor Linda Gorton. “People love our parks. They are gathering spaces where people can meet their neighbors, enjoy recreational activities and take in all that nature has to offer. I was proud to add my name and that of our city to an ever-growing list of over 250 fellow mayors from across the country who are investing in equitable access to parks and other green spaces.

A recent national survey by PSB Research revealed how crucial parks are to maintaining mental and physical health, especially as the nation continues to go through and recover from the pandemic. Two-thirds of participants reported that during the pandemic, parks and green spaces have become increasingly important to maintaining their health.

“We’ve always known how important our parks and green spaces are, but this pandemic has underscored the true value of our well-being,” said Monica Conrad, director of Lexington Parks & Recreation. “Parks provide a safe space for physical activity, and green spaces improve our emotional and mental health, which is so important right now.”

Currently, 40% of Lexingtonians live within a 10-minute walk of a park. The Lexington Parks and Recreation Master Plan which was completed in 2018 expected to increase this number to 65% by 2030 through the expansion of existing parks, the creation of new parks in growing areas (including developer contributions) and improving access to existing parks. Some parks are already close to homes, but need an access path that would allow people to walk around easily.

“We are excited to be working on this initiative with the community, especially those who have never had access to high quality public space,” said Michelle Kosieniak, Planning and Design Superintendent for Lexington Parks & Recreation . “There is no doubt that we have a long way to go to reach the goal of 100% by 2050. But a very old proverb reminds us ‘the journey of a thousand kilometers begins with a step.’ Joining this national initiative is Lexington’s first step.

Parks & Recreation, a division of Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, oversees the programming, maintenance and development of over 100 urban parks and natural areas, six swimming pools, five golf courses, community centers, programs leisure facilities and three art venues. To find out more, follow @LexKYParks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Where subscribe to the newsletter by e-mail.



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