Park Prescriptions

"Park prescriptions" is a concept that links the healthcare system and public lands, such as local parks, to create healthier people. NRPA is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Institute at the Golden Gate in California, to convene leaders from across the country to elevate the concept of park prescriptions to a best practice in preventive health. The goal of this effort is to create a national agenda for implementing park prescriptions more widely by further understanding and defining "park prescriptions," identifying successful models from across the country, and developing standardized measurement and data collection methods that define effectiveness of these programs.

Supporting Local Programs

National Recreation Foundation

NRPA, with support from the National Recreation Foundation, funded five local park and recreation agencies to implement a park prescriptions program in their communities. Grantees enhanced innovative programs that linked the healthcare community to local park and recreation agencies as a means of increasing physical activity to improve the health of children in disadvantaged communities. Agencies worked with their local healthcare providers to prescribe outdoor exercise at local parks to improve the health and mental well-being of children in their communities.

Learn about their programs in Prescribing Parks for Better Health: Success Stories.

To learn more about other  communities who have successfully implemented a park prescriptions program listen to NRPA's archived webinar:

For more information please contact Kellie May.