Stories from Small Towns is a project of the National Physical Activity Society. The objective of the project is to demonstrate that structural changes to make walking easier can be carried out in America’s thousands of small towns and not just its big cities. The project focuses on advice from towns that have made some changes, with the aim of inspiring town leaders across the country to see such infrastructure as possible and worthy. The following are stories from small towns that have focused on parks as a key to walkability.
While it doesn’t rain much in the desert southwest, communities must still prepare accordingly for the summer monsoon season and the occasional winter rains. To manage the run off from these storms, water retention is managed through a series of strategically located retention basins.
Sometimes it takes a physical path to help all the pieces come together for a healthier community. The 52-mile Great Miami River Trail has become a cornerstone for Miamisburg, Ohio as they seek to impact chronic disease within their city.
After a 2010 Gallop Poll declared Montgomery, Alabama, the most obese city in the country, the community took a long look in the mirror and decided to change what it saw. An epidemic of this proportion required a multi-pronged and long term approach to changing the infrastructure of Montgomery.