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81% of respondents agreed that increasing access to local parks and green spaces would help them enjoy the outdoors safely as states reopen.
Around two-thirds of people agree that local parks and green spaces are important in maintaining physical (68%) and mental health (65%) during COVID-19.
Around two-thirds (66%) also agree that access to local parks has become increasingly important during the crisis.
Two-thirds of Americans agree that their quality of life would improve with better access to a park or green space within a 10-minute walk from their homes (66%).
City dwellers were most likely to value having close to home green space and acknowledge that it would increase their quality of life, including their physical and mental health.
While people agree that parks and green spaces are valuable, particularly now, millions in U.S. cities lack safe, easy access . Over 100 million people across the country, including 28 million children, don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk of home.
As we look to recovery and leaders make tough decisions around key services and infrastructure, we must remember that parks and green spaces are a critical community resource that must be maintained, improved, and expanded. They shouldn’t be considered luxuries, but necessities for creating healthier and stronger places to live, certainly now, and for many years to come.
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