In April 2018, NRPA welcomed the first set of 10-Minute Walk Grantees. Below are descriptions of the cities and the Mayor’s commitment to the 10-Minute Walk Campaign.
Anchorage, Alaska (Population 300,000; 74% in 10-Minute Walk) In collaboration with the Anchorage Park Foundation, National Park Service and the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Municipality of Anchorage is working to engage new and indigenous Alaskans in local parks.
Mayor Berkowitz Commitment: By winter 2019, Anchorage will establish and analyze baseline metrics for park access and quality, particularly for historically underrepresented communities, and will work in collaboration with these communities to create a plan for how to address barriers to access through city-wide policies and programming that recognize the traditional lands of the Dena'ina people.
Austin, Texas (Population 856,500; 54% in 10-Minute Walk) The Texas capital is working to ensure that all residents have access to high-quality parks within a 5-minute walk inside the urban core of the city and a 10-minute walk outside the urban core.
Mayor Adler’s Commitment: By July 2023, Austin will implement strategies that provide parks through multiple methods: future acquisitions, activating undeveloped parkland, and creating cross-sectional partnerships to leverage funding for new parks.
Camden, New Jersey (Population 77,000; 94% in 10-Minute Walk) As a post-industrial powerhouse subjected to decades of economic decline and an accompanying disinvestment in its park system, Camden is focusing its efforts on reinvigorating and growing its park system.
Mayor Moran’s Commitment: By December 2019, Camden will redevelop and maintain parks to reflect the spirit of the community and maximize health, environmental, and social benefits.
Chattanooga, Tennessee (Population 175,000; 36% in 10-Minute Walk) A city surrounded by natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities, Chattanooga is focusing its efforts on residents who do not have access to these great amenities.
Mayor Berke’s Commitment: By Summer 2020, Chattanooga will develop a park master plan that establishes and analyzes baseline metrics for 10-minute walk park access and park quality, ensuring that data and analysis includes under-represented populations and prioritizes improved streets, sidewalks, trails, and other infrastructure to ensure safe connections to parks and to address barriers to access and use.
Clarkston, Georgia (Population 12,500; 71% in 10-Minute Walk) A small city known as “the most diverse square mile in America,” Clarkston aims to connect community residents to local parks.
Mayor Terry’s Commitment: By Fall 2022, Clarkston will develop a park master plan based on identified priority areas and actions found in assessment metrics and analysis and identify funding to sustain continued investment in parks, operations, programming, and connections.
El Cajon, California (Population 102,000; 45% in 10-Minute Walk) In “The Valley of Opportunity,” the city of El Cajon is dedicated to ensuring every citizen is within a 10-minute walk of a park.
Mayor Well’s Commitment: By April 2019, El Cajon will achieve the goals of the 10-Minute Walk campaign by creating a community-based acquisition plan to build new parks, leverage existing public land, support best land use around parks and identify funding to sustain continued investment in parks, operations, programming, and connections.
Grand Rapids, Michigan (Population 193,000; 72% in 10-Minute Walk) In the growing city of Grand Rapids, local officials and community partners are working to erase disparities in historically underserved parts of the city while creating new public spaces that keep pace with current development.
Mayor Bliss’s Commitment: By August 2019, Grand Rapids will complete an Acquisition Policy and Funding Strategy incorporating an equity prioritization process to ensure all residents live within a 10-minute walk of a quality park. Acquisitions will be prioritized in the historically underserved areas of Grand Rapids' Third Ward and Hope Zones to erase disparities in communities of color. To this end, Grand Rapids seeks to increase 10-minute walk access for residents in these target areas in the next 10 years.
Lewisville, Texas (Population 102,000; 61% in 10-Minute Walk) A suburb of Dallas, Lewisville is making strides to have equitable 10-minute walk access to parks. A community with a high population of immigrants and refugees, the city will be partnering with Chin Community Ministries, the Youth Action Council, and Keep Lewisville Beautiful, to engage community members in assessing walkability and access to parks.
Mayor Durham’s Commitment: By 2025, Lewisville is committed to increasing the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk to a park to 85% through Small Area Plans, a Parkland Dedication Ordinance, and agreements with public and private entities that emphasizes accessibility in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) areas and small area plan.
New Rochelle, New York (Population 78,000; 91% in 10-Minute Walk) A city on the border of the most populous city in the United States, New Rochelle aims to build on current city walkability and recreation goals.
Mayor Bromson’s Commitment: By Fall 2025, New Rochelle will create city-wide policies that improve streets, sidewalks, trails, and other infrastructure to ensure safe connections to parks and address barriers to access and use.
Orlando, Florida (Population 259,000; 60% in 10-Minute Walk) Orlando is committed to a parks system grounded in inclusivity and equitable access.
Mayor Dyer’s Commitment: By Summer 2022, Orlando will gain approval by the city council for a park master plan that will identify priority areas and actions based on findings from assessment metrics, analysis, and engagement of the community to ensure all voices, including those historically underrepresented are represented throughout the Campaign.
Rochester, New York (Population 208,000; 78% in 10-Minute Walk) A grand city on the shores of a great lake, Rochester is committed to equitable park access.
Mayor Warren’s Commitment: By Fall 2019, Rochester will incorporate park activation and usage standards into the city’s comprehensive plan so that programming, and maintenance ensure quality parks, increased use, and civic engagement for all people particularly underrepresented populations.
Tukwila, Washington (Population 20,000; 80% in 10-Minute Walk) A diverse and growing suburb of Seattle, Tukwila centers its 10-minute walk plans around engaging the community.
Mayor Ekberg’s Commitment: By July 2020, Tukwila will by utilize a Park, Recreation, and Open Space plan to build new parks, leverage existing public land, and support best land use around parks through engagement with the community to ensure all voices, including those historically underrepresented, are represented throughout the campaign.
The 10-Minute Walk Campaign calls on mayors to demonstrate their commitment to parks and inspire them to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to improve equitable access to quality parks.