Pandemic underscores how public parks shape public health


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Pandemic underscores how public parks shape public health

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For years, public health experts have urged people to spend more time outdoors for the nourishment of their minds, bodies and souls.

Those recommendations have taken on a new urgency this year as the nation grapples with a pandemic that seems to be especially virulent in crowded indoor spaces. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now lists visiting parks and recreational facilities — particularly those “parks that are close to your home” — as a way to protect yourself and others from covid-19.

But for tens of millions of Americans, that’s easier said than done; according to the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a nonprofit group that works to protect parks and other outdoor public spaces, roughly 100 million Americans don’t have a public park within a 10-minute walk of their home.

Pandemic underscores how public parks shape public health.  Washington Post, 7/30/2020.

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