Park Prescriptions

Prescribing wellness at a local park is becoming a more popular practice among healthcare providers to get people healthy in a convenient and affordable way. Park Prescriptions are programs designed in collaboration with healthcare providers and community partners that utilize parks, trails, and open space for the purpose of improving individual and community health. These programs vary across communities – from walks on a trail with a doctor, to an exercise plan prescribed by a healthcare provider–but they all share a common goal: to improve physical and mental health among individuals and communities.

NRPA co-leads the National ParkRx Initiative with the Institute at the Golden Gate and the National Park Service to advance the use of parks and public lands to improve health and wellness among individuals and communities. Together with experts from across the country, the initiative seeks to scale park prescription programs by further understanding and defining park prescriptions, identifying successful models from around the nation, and developing standardized metrics that evaluate the effectiveness of these programs. Visit the National ParkRx Initiative website to learn more about the Initiative and how you can connect with other practitioners.


For more information please contact Zarnaaz Bashir.