Atlantans Celebrate National Walk to a Park Day as Mayor Keshia Lance Bottoms Endorses 10-Minute Walk Campaign

The Trust for Public Land, City of Atlanta, Park Pride and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District walk to Woodruff Park to highlight the importance of living within a 10-minute walk of a park

October 14, 2018
Atlanta, GA

The City of Atlanta joined The Trust for Public Land, Park Pride, the Urban Land Institute, and the National Recreation and Park Association on Oct. 10 to celebrate the first national Walk to a Park Day and highlight the critical importance of parks to the quality of life of Atlanta.

At 10:10, the groups walked to Woodruff Park, where they celebrated Mayor Bottoms endorsement of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign. Mayor Bottoms has partnered with more than 200 mayors across the country to support the ambitious goal that everyone in the country, and all residents of Atlanta, should live within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space.

"We are serious about outdoor recreation in Atlanta and I cannot think of a better way to show our support for parks and green space," said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. "National ‘Walk To A Park Day' is a way for cities across the country to spread awareness on our goal to ensure there is a quality park or open space within a 10-minute walk of everyone."

"The Trust for Public Land is on a mission to make parks more accessible to more individuals," said George Dusenbury, Georgia State Director for The Trust for Public Land. "We have declared October 10 ‘National Walk to a Park Day,' with the goal of getting citizens across the country to walk to a park."

In addition to celebrating Mayor Bottom's support for the 10-Minute Walk, the groups urged Georgia residents to ‘Vote "YES" on One', the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment. The amendment would provide $20 million to preserve greenspace and build new parks – without raising taxes.

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.

Partnering with cities to advance the 10-minute vision

The 10-minute walk to a park campaign is a part of a multi-year partnership with cities and mayors across the country. Launched one year ago, the campaign—led by The Trust for Public Land in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association and Urban Land Institute, has grown to now include more than 200 bipartisan mayors across the country who are working to advance park access, from updating city master plans to pursuing ballot measures to ensure dedicated funding for parks and open space.

Reaching 100 percent served in cities nationwide will require major advances in park finance and construction; zoning changes to encourage park development; embedding this goal into city parks 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. The campaign is working with mayors to help address and move the ball forward on these advances.

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.