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Environmental Justice Coalition Calls on California State Lands Commission to Adopt Fair, Inclusive, and Equitable Policies

The Environmental Justice Working Group released a series of recommendations to support more fair and inclusive management of California’s public lands and waters. The recommendations call on the California State Lands Commission to honor the relationship of Indigenous Peoples to state lands, help accelerate a just transition to clean energy, and help reduce the impact transportation and commercial activities have on low-income communities and people of color.

The benefits and risks of multigenerational fitness parks

One new exercise trend can make you feel like a kid again. Multigenerational fitness parks are cropping up across the United States. These parks typically include a large child-focused structure with places to climb, slide, swing, hang, and jump.

Camden parks and green spaces build community | Opinion

Regardless of your socioeconomic standing, whether you live in Haddonfield, Winslow, or Camden City, your community’s resources are going to have an outsize impact on how you grow up.

OVER THE COLES: Spend some time in nature this summer

While some of us spend time outdoors, many people, including children could benefit from spending more time in “nature”. There is growing support from research conducted around the world that seeing and being in a natural environment or even in a green urban area has profound positive health benefits for us. The United States Forest Service published a report summarizing research which shows the positive mental and physical health benefits of green space and nature.

North Charleston's newest park a symbol of hope in Waylyn

As public parks go, the new Waylyn Park at 2678 Olympia Street is standard-issue: a small green space, a basketball court and a playground in a bed of wood chips.

City adding disposal boxes in Bronx parks to reduce massive litter of used needles

Bronx park officials, combating massive amounts of used syringe litter, say that everyone deserves safe and clean parks. To that end, the city is installing disposable boxes for used needles in hopes of cleaning up the problem.

National parks could face flooding from sea level rise, storm surge

The National Park Service has released its first-ever report on how the impact of sea level rise and flooding from storms could impact national parks around the country.sMore than a quarter of the property managed by the park system is on a coast, according to the report, and many face increasing threats from rising sea levels connected to global warming and increased threats of flooding from storms in the coming decades.

New tool illustrates where Atlanta’s ‘park deserts’ are most severe

Despite its famed canopy, abundance of natural greenery, and celebrated public spaces such as Piedmont and Grant parks, Atlanta has consistently ranked middle-of-the-pack among major cities when it comes to overall park hierarchy.

How Parks Support More Active and Equitable Communities

As the health benefits of nature are becoming more widely recognized, it’s important to identify gaps in access to parks and green spaces. The American Society of Landscape Architects has highlighted disparities in Los Angeles, noting that 3.8 million residents of the city are too far from “a park to use one easily, conveniently, or frequently.”

Park Rx urges people: Take it outside

Health care providers in Rutland County are prescribing fresh air and sunshine to their patients as part of Park Rx, a health and fitness initiative.

90 COMMUNITIES ACROSS CHICAGOLAND SIGN GREENEST REGION COMPACT TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus announced today that 90 Chicago-area communities of Chicagoland's 275 cities, towns and villages that comprise the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus have signed the Greenest Region Compact (GRC).

Discover U.S. National Heritage Areas

U.S. National Heritage Areas allow visitors to celebrate our nation’s diverse heritage. There are 49 NHAs in the U.S. that serve as sites where history, culture and nature combine.

Volunteers install 70 plants in ongoing project to restore Brand Park trail

More than 40 volunteers planted about 70 drought resistant plants as part of an ongoing project by the Glendale Parks and Open Space Foundation and the Glendale community services and parks department to improve a neglected park trail near the Brand Library. (Courtesy of Marc Stirdivant)

In a fight for much-needed green spaces, these Latino advocates bring a winning formula

Green spaces and parks have been linked to a multitude of positive outcomes including better health, less stress and stronger communities. But in neighborhoods where these places aren't available or easily accessible, residents aren't able to enjoy these benefits.

Climate Friendly Parks Program

Our national parks are especially susceptible to the effects of #ClimateChange. That’s why the National Park Service which has established the Climate Friendly Parks (CFP) Program. Learn how more than 120 National Parks plan to respond to Climate Change issues such as sea level rise in the Everglades and the shrinking range of the Joshua Tree.

Economic benefits of green spaces

According to a research report by the Forestry Commission, a non-ministerial government department responsible for forestry in England and Scotland, evidence exists that investments in green space have a positive impact on constituent components such as job creation, new business start-ups and private investment.sRead more at https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/06/17/economic-benefits-of-green-spaces/#42mkspoIKFJg54yU.99

We just discovered these places (national parks;) now you want to take them from us?

National Park Service plans to double fees at some of the most spectacular parks around the country.

Entry fees could double at some national parks

The park service said that the increase in funds would be used to address maintenance issues that affect the visitor experience, such as roads, campgrounds and bathrooms.

Here's how cities can get the most out of their parks

A neighborhood park can be a powerful tool to help nearby residents lead healthier lives. According to one study, every dollar spent on creating and maintaining park trails saves nearly $3 in healthcare expenses.

L.A. parks get their report cards — and the bathrooms get a C

Sixteen parks got D or F grades for their bathrooms, which got an overall C grade across the city. And dirtiness and safety were also a worry beyond the restroom doors, in the face of surging homelessness and a strained budget for the parks department.

Trump plan could open this giant sequoia monument to logging

Undertaking a review of more than two dozen national monuments declared since the 1990s is part of the Trump Administration's determination to roll back regulation and open public land to private industry.

How neighborhoods affect the social and economic mobility of their residents

Understanding the mechanisms through which neighborhood conditions can affect long-term social and economic outcomes is a crucial step in promoting mobility from poverty.

Los Angeles’ Sustainable City “pLAn,” a four-part series (part IV)

Mayor Eric Garcetti's Sustainable City pLAn claims that building equity in our city ensures all Angelenos have access to healthy, livable neighborhoods.

Trump administration reverses bottled water ban in national parks

The Trump administration has rolled back an Obama-era policy put in place to encourage national parks to end the sale of bottled water.

California state parks' blueprint for a more diverse future

Park visitorship should reflect the state’s “ethnic, age and income diversity” and a state park unit providing a “relevant educational, interpretive, spiritual, cultural, familial, community, and recreational experience”.

Promised parks still unbuilt as lawmakers seek to build more

Lawmakers want to spend $700 million to build new parks as part of a $4 billion bond proposal, but many parks promised under the last bond in 2006 still aren't finished.

L.A. is park poor. So why is one of the most beautiful green spaces in the city locked behind a fence?

Los Angeles is woefully park poor. Less than half of L.A. County residents have easy access to a park, and three-quarters of the public spaces we do have are falling apart.

Beyond the High Line: 8 linear parks that have transformed cities

And because it is nearly impossible to carve out more Central Parks in dense cities across the country, linear parks are an excellent way to add green space to urban areas. Their long and winding shape can provide greater access to parks for more residents.

Environmental Bonds Should Equitably Benefit All Communities

In 2006, California voters approved Proposition 84, a bond measure authorizing $5.4 billion in spending on projects to improve parks, natural resource protection, and water quality, safety, and supply. Most of that money has now been spent.

What kind of wildlife flourishes in cities?

Biodiversity also exists in many other places. More than half of the people on Earth live in cities, and that number is growing, so it is especially important to understand how biodiversity patterns occur in our man-made environments.

Why Trump’s parks and public lands attack is harmful to all Americans — especially people of color?

Our parks and national monuments deserve even greater protection, not threats and budget cuts. These lands are something we all own.

Doctors are prescribing park visits to boost patient health

Printed on a notepad with an “Rx” symbol in the top-left corner, a park prescription instructs a patient to take one free day at “any South Dakota state park or recreation area.”

How urban parks keep seniors healthy and living stronger

As for the ways seniors interact with parks, parks are not simply a place with trees and grass, they are powerful spaces that can support gathering and mobility.

Economic benefits of green spaces

According to a research report by the Forestry Commission, investments in green space have a positive impact on constituent components such as job creation, new business start-ups and private investment.

How access to green space can boost wellness in the workplace

Exposure to natural environments lowers stress, including its physiological correlates the “stress hormone” cortisol, heart rate, and blood pressure, and even just the sounds of nature trigger a relaxation response in the brain.

Sunken pleasure: California will need mountains of sand to save Its beaches

Without human intervention, many of the region’s beautiful beaches may disappear by 2100 as sea levels rise. If the Golden State wants to save its golden shores, it will have to add sand to them—and lots of it.

One man’s plan to transform a major city into a national park

Raven-Ellison’s home isn’t the mountains—it’s London, a city founded in 43 AD, a metropolis today of almost nine million people, with 14,000 of them, on average, living in each square mile. Raven-Ellison is lobbying for the entire city to be declared a National Park.

The urban common spaces that show us we belong to something larger

Even in large, gritty cities such as New York and Berlin, these urban commons connect us to each other and to the land, water, plants, and animal life of our home. We experience what it means to belong to something larger, to be welcome simply because we are alive.

These cities are replacing the worst kind of infrastructure with the best

In Santa Monica, a flat, sprawling 7.4-acre parking lot became a green park with meadows and rolling hills. In Chicago, an unused parking lot next to a former movie theater will become a park. In the nearby suburb of Aurora, overflow parking for a shopping mall may also become a park. In Washington D.C., parking lots next to the unused RFK Stadium may become sports fields and a food market.

Storm damage to top $14 million for Bay Area parks — and we’re not done yet

Bay Area parks and open spaces suffered more than $14 million damage from winter storms, and the toll is expected to rise much higher as record-setting rain lingers into spring.

The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying fast

One type of beetle could kill as many as 27 million trees in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including parts of the desert. Trees that shade, cool and feed people from Ventura County to the Mexican border are dying so fast that within a few years it’s possible the region will look, feel, sound and smell much less pleasant than it does now.

Why green spaces are good for grey matter

Walking between busy urban environments and green spaces triggers changes in levels of excitement, engagement and frustration in the brain, a study of older people has found.

Cornfield park in Chinatown reopening in April after $20M renovation

With much anticipation, Los Angeles State Historic Park will reopen after a major expansion and three years of renovation.

Just how park poor is Los Angeles County?

A recent study of Los Angeles County Parks found that "51 percent of county residents don't live within a 10-minute walk (half a mile) of a park.”

In Chicago and Philadelphia, the difference a park makes

The creation of new public spaces and parks have fostered a new sense of community among those living in the urban areas of Chicago and Philadelphia.

UCLA study unearths high lead levels in soil of Los Angeles parks

Media Park, Lennox Park, MacArthur Park South and Woodbine Park top the list of Los Angeles parks with the highest lead levels.

Why L.A. needs more green space, now

A lack of green spaces has been found to correlate to poor health, crime and domestic violence. That's why L.A. needs parks more than ever.