AllTrails and The Trust for Public Land Highlight Health Benefits of Nature

AllTrails Joins Movement to Ensure Everyone in America Has a Quality Park within a 10-minute Walk of Home

October 1, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Ahead of National Walk to a Park Day on October 10th, AllTrails is endorsing The Trust for Public Land’s vision to ensure there’s a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home for every person in every city and town in America. More than 100 million people in the United States—including 28 million children—don’t have access to a park within a 10-minute walk of home.

“At AllTrails, we believe all people have the right to nature," said AllTrails CEO Jade Van Doren. "We know that being outdoors and taking just a 10-minute walk can have incredible benefits for both a person's physical and mental well-being. We're proud to work with The Trust for Public Land to ensure everyone in America has access to a quality park within just a 10-minute walk from home."

“Access to nature fosters deep bonds among people, stronger communities and improved health, and that’s why we’re working hard to ensure that no one is denied a quality park, trail or green space close to where they live,” said Diane Regas, President and CEO of The Trust for Public Land. “We’re proud to partner with AllTrails, a leader in the movement to connect people to the outdoors.  

In celebration of National Walk to a Park Day on October 10th, AllTrails is rewarding the first 1,000 people who share photos of themselves on Instagram enjoying their favorite park or trail with a free AllTrails Pro account.       

Where to Find Data on Parks and Nature Access

Today, there are 23,727 parks in the 100 largest U.S. cities, yet 11.2 million people in those cities do not have a park within a 10-minute walk of home, according to The Trust for Public Land. As few as 8,300 new parks in places where they are needed most would close the gap in park access in the 100 largest U.S. cities. At current rates of investment in park creation, it will take more than 50 years to build enough new parks to fill this gap, but creating the first 1,500 could solve the problem for nearly 5 million people. 

72% of residents in the 100 largest U.S. cities live within a 10-minute walk of a park, up from 70% last year, and 69% in 2017.

The Trust for Public Land has mapped park access in 14,000 cities and towns across the country. The free mapping platform pinpoints where to focus park investments based on need. To see how your city stacks up, please visit tpl.org/ParkScore and enter in any street address to see if there’s a park within a 10-minute walk.

“National Walk to a Park Day is the perfect day to take stock of parks in your community,” Regas added, “It’s a time to celebrate the parks we have and notice where more parks are needed. Across the country we see that our most vulnerable neighbors lack park access – which can have tremendous impacts on community cohesion, health, and climate resiliency.”

AllTrails is home to the largest and most active digital community of outdoor enthusiasts. The app and website provide the most complete, accurate, and global dataset for outdoor recreation to help users find, customize, record, and share activities.

About National Walk to a Park Day

National Walk to a Park Day, celebrated each year on October 10th, was launched in 2018 by The Trust for Public Land, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Urban Land Institute. The day celebrates the parks we have and calls attention to the parks we need. 100 million Americans- including 28 million children- do not have access to a quality park within a 10-minute walk, or half-mile, of home. Studies show that parks are linked to improved mental and physical health, protect people from the effects of the climate crisis, and bring communities together.

“Research shows that the health benefits of simply being outside occur almost immediately. We live in an all or nothing culture, but we don’t need to pick up the latest and greatest fitness trend, participate in a fad diet, or purchase the hottest new gear to reap the benefits of the outdoors,” said Dr. Suzanne Hackenmiller, physician, Medical Director for Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and medical advisor for AllTrails. “Nature benefits our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing, and in doing so, helps build healthier and more connected communities.”

How to Participate

Ahead of National Walk to a Park Day on October 10th, the public are encouraged to share their favorite park or trail on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter tagged with  #WalkToAParkDay. The first 1,000 people to share using #walktoaparkday and tag @AllTrails and @trustforpublicland will receive a free AllTrails Pro account. 

The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Millions of people live near a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. Read more here.

AllTrails helps people explore the outdoors with the largest collection of detailed, hand-curated trail maps as well as trail reviewers and photos crowdsourced from a community of 10 million registered hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners.