Goodyear recently welcomed a new evidence-based physical activity program, Walk With Ease, which has been a huge success. The program has helped to improve overall physical activity engagement among all the participants, which in turn has resulted in observable improvements in physical function as well as social and mental health benefits.
In 2017, Green Township, Ohio issued a request for proposals to create an accessible and stimulating playground at West Fork Park. The end result was a playground that was appropriate for all ages and abilities and included eight play zones.
Carmody Park is an incredibly special place, because it is Lakewood’s first universal playground, offering kids of all ages and abilities the chance to play, without limits, alongside each other.
In an effort to empower residents to take an active role in their health and wellness, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County is now offering the Walk With Ease program.
The Walk With Ease Program was developed by the Arthritis Foundation and is beneficial for anyone looking to engage in physical activity, but especially for those suffering with arthritis.
A grant from NRPA allowed Southgate Recreation & Park District to offer the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease program to older adults. The WWE program is a low-impact group-based walking program designed for people with arthritis.
Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks’ Therapeutic Recreation Division has continued to expand its strong partnership with Special Olympics Maryland. This partnership has allowed the Special Olympics program in Baltimore City to increase the number of athletes participating in community based programming and in programming geared toward individuals in day care programs.
Nestled in western Maryland is a nature park that is one of Frederick County’s true jewels. Catoctin Creek Park captures the imagination of visitors every day as guests enjoy not only historical elements in this one hundred and thirty-nine acre park, but also miles of trails and the County’s newest green energy efficient nature center.
Recreation agencies play an important role in creating healthy communities. As part of our Commit to Health partnership, my colleagues and I regularly lead workshops for park and recreation staff across the country. Today, I am excited to share an interview with Dawn K., program manager of SEASPAR - Special Parks and Recreation.
Viva CalleSJ is an innovative and free program that temporarily closes miles of San José streets to bring communities together to walk, bike, skate, play, and explore the city like never before. The inaugural event was held on October 15, 2015, in Downtown and Eastbound San José.
Launching in December 2013, West Valley Veterans were invited to participate in a new fitness program for veterans recovering from physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The fitness program called ‘ActiVet’ is held at the Rio Vista Recreation Center in Peoria, Arizona.
An ailing economy meant fewer resources for pathway upkeep along Miami-Dade County trails. One trail system in particular that became overgrown and impassable meanders through a 50-acre natural hardwood hammock preserve — a canopied forest unique to Florida — within the 116-acre Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, a regional park located in a densely populated area. - See more at: http://staging.nrpa.org/success-stories/?pg=9#sthash.GkxYFV5D.dpuf
Youth enrolled in Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department (LPRD) programming were introduced to an innovative, new nutrition education program. As a Serving Kansas Communities grantee, LPRD received support to their free summer lunch program and training to provide a childhood obesity prevention curriculum for its camps.
In Strongsville, Ohio, a trail leads from the town commons to the recreation and senior center, meandering along the way through a series of gardens. Each garden represents one war in which Americans have fought. As visitors walk or bike along the Strongsville Freedom Trail, they pass through both a timeline of American history and a tribute to the local citizens who served their country through military service.
For more than two decades, Lubbock, Texas, residents who lived in the densely populated community surrounding Hoel Park had longed for an off-street place to stroll. “The trail has been a request for probably over 20 years by trail users and neighborhood groups in that part of Lubbock,” says Randy Truesdell, parks and recreation director for the City of Lubbock, Texas.
Reno’s youth garden is located at the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center. This center, which is located in a low-income neighborhood, hosts a Parks and Recreation program called Vacation Station.