A 10-Minute Walk Campaign Commitment is a public statement on how your city will help ensure that everyone has a great park within an easy 10-minute, or ½ mile, walk of home. Through this commitment, you can demonstrate your long-term dedication to improving open space access and quality by setting achievable goals in the areas of park planning, funding, or policy change – and you can look to the 10-Minute Walk Campaign as an ongoing partner in helping you to succeed.

How Does My City Make a Commitment?

Below is the framework we encourage cities to use in achieving a 10-Minute Walk goal – our “Pathway to Parks.” Commitments should be aligned with your city needs and correspond with realistic strategies. Our Pathway helps create steps by which cities can achieve these goals. Interested cities should:

  • Begin by looking at potential strategies in planning, funding, or policy that are outlined below.
  • Note where you have needs (i.e. funding constraints) and see opportunity (i.e. proposing a local ballot measure to fund parks and green space).
  • Gather necessary stakeholders, including the mayor’s office, parks leadership, and other departments that may need to approve citywide planning, funding, or policy initiatives or will be involved in the Pathway to Parks.
  • Reach consensus on the top areas in which the city is interested in pursuing a commitment and look at making a public announcement on your goal.
  • Contact the Campaign team to discuss areas for technical support and ways to publicize your efforts as you begin the Pathway to Parks!

Where Do I Start?

  • Go to www.parkserve.org and enter your city to get an overview of 10-minute walk access and need in your city, along with pertinent demographic information that can help inform your equitable approach to park access.
  • Enter data in Park Metrics to get a more in-depth analysis of parks and resources in your city and compare your results to similar cities.
  • Join the 10-Minute Walk Learning Series to learn how you can establish a baseline assessment, set targets, and create a commitment.

 

10-Minute Walk: Commitment Framework Pathway to Parks

Commitment Framework

Plan

Create plans that address equitable park access by leveraging mapping, climate and health decision-making tools, data, and best practices, including:

  • Citywide master, park, and/or mobility planning that prioritizes equity and community health
  • Land acquisition and joint use agreements
  • Active transportation improvements for park access
  • Program design, placemaking, and park activation
  • Park renovations and maintenance and operations

Fund

Develop sustainable funding, philanthropy, and partnerships to address park operations, maintenance, capital improvements, and capacity:

  • Municipal, County, or State-level bond measures
  • City and state budget allocations
  • Federal grant funding (traditional and non-traditional funding, including climate-adaptation, opportunity zones, etc)
  • Development offsets and impact fees
  • Revenue development
  • Private philanthropy, public-private partnerships, corporate sponsorship

Policy

Advocating for and adopting federal, state, and local policies that prioritize 10-minute walk park access and quality as a standard, including:

  • Citywide prioritization of parks in complete streets, developments, zoning, schools, etc.
  • Open space and parks legislation and referenda
  • Funding mechanisms for parks and open space created through policy change (earmarks and allocations)
  • Park quality standards that address maintenance, operations, and programming


If you have any questions, please contact the 10-Minute Walk Team at 10minutewalk@nrpa.org.

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