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Denver Wants all Residents to Live Within a 10-Minute Walk to a Public Park and Receives Funding to Advance this Goal.

Congratulations to Denver Parks!  As part of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, Denver was selected to receive $40,000 in grant funding from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The grant funding will be used to support Denver planning efforts that help increase access to high-quality parks within a 10-minute walk. Mayor Hancock is a proud participant of the 10-Minute Walk campaign, which is led by Urban Land Institute, NRPA, and The Trust for Public Land (TPL).

Launched in 2017, the 10-Minute Walk Campaign establishes the ambitious goal that everyone in the United States should live within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space. A bipartisan group of more than 220 mayors have joined this effort and are working to pass city bond measures; create zoning changes; develop park master plans; and other innovations to expand access to high-quality parks.

One of 10 communities selected to receive this grant funding, Denver currently has 94% of people living within a 10-minute walk of a park. The grant funding provided by NRPA will help strengthen park planning efforts and provide access to a variety of tools and resources, including ULI’s Advisory Services, NRPA’s Park Metrics, and TPL’s Park Serve.

Check out the press release here!

About the 10-Minute Walk Campaign

The problem: Research shows one in three Americans — more than 100 million people — don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk of home.

The campaign: Everyone deserves a quality park within a 10-minute walk. Over 220 of the nation’s most influential mayors have joined this initiative led by The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association and Urban Land Institute and backed by The U.S. Conference of Mayors.

As part of the 10-Minute Walk campaign, the National Recreation and Park Association has selected an additional 10 communities nationwide to receive grant funding totaling $400,000. The grant funding will be used to support community planning efforts that help increase access to high-quality parks within a 10-minute walk.

Why parks matter: Research that shows access to high-quality parks within a half mile of home have a wide range of benefits to communities. These include reducing crime rates, improving mental and physical health outcomes (e.g., depression, anxiety and obesity), increasing city revenues, and protecting communities from more flooding and extreme temperatures and other impacts from climate change.


  • Health: Research shows that people exercise more when they have access to parks. A study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found better access to places to be physically active led to a 26.5 percent increase in the number of people who exercise three or more days a week. Even small amounts of exercise improve a person’s health. Estimates are that 95 percent of U.S. adults, 92 percent of adolescents and 58 percent of children don’t get the recommended amount of daily physical activity. Nearly 75 percent of people say parks, trails and open space are an essential component of health care in the United States.
  • Economic: Parks and other urban natural areas produce benefits with estimated values of up to $6.8 billion annually. In 2015, local and regional public park agencies in the United States generated nearly $154 billion in economic activity and supported almost 1 million jobs.
  • Environmental: Parks and green spaces reduce the cost of capturing and storing rain water, alleviate the “urban heat island effect” and lower city temperatures, and can offset flooding along ocean and river shorelines.
  • Community: Parks produce important social and community benefits, from making neighborhoods more livable to offering much-needed recreational opportunities for children and families. City residents say local parks are the common factor in developing stronger social ties with their neighbors.

Stay tuned for more updates from ULI Colorado as we implement this initiative locally!


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