CENTRAL FALLS, RI– Mayor James A. Diossa joined The Trust for
Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute
on Oct. 10 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the 10 Minute Walk Campaign
and highlight the importance of parks and public green spaces to quality of
life in Central Falls. To celebrate, Mayor Diossa joined the first national
“Walk to a Park Day” by walking to Jenks Park.
Mayor Diossa partnered
with more than 200 mayors across the country to support the ambitious goal that
everyone in the country, and all residents of Central Falls, should live within
a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space.
“We are committed to
making sure every resident has access to high quality outdoor recreation in
Central Falls, so we are steadfast in our support of the 10-Minute Walk
Campaign,” said Mayor Diossa. “We’re showing our commitment by participating in
National ‘Walk to A Park Day” and spreading awareness of our mission to ensure
there is a quality park or open space within 10-minute walking distance for
everyone in this country.”
encourages everyone in Central Falls to walk to their nearest park to promote
the benefits of parks and open space.
Studies show that
high quality-parks provide a wide range of benefits to people living in urban
areas and cities themselves. These include physical and mental health benefits,
by providing opportunities to be physically active and to interact with nature:
economic benefits by boosting business and helping to revitalize neighborhoods;
community-building benefits by providing opportunities for neighbors to
interact with each other and work together to improve their surroundings; and
environmental benefits by cleaning and cooling the air, improving climate
resilience, and providing opportunities for environmental education.