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Parks Trails & Health

Parks and trails can promote physical activity, community engagement and provide both environmental and mental health benefits. Well-designed parks have been shown to reduce stress and foster community interaction. They can also protect sensitive lands such as flood plains and steep slopes.

Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook: A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreational Professionals, and Health Practitioners

This workbook can assist communities in designing parks and trails that promote physical activity, reduce stress, and provide environmental benefits.  It can help start collaborative discussions about the health benefits of parks and trails and prepare for a health impact assessment (HIA).

Parks and Trails Health Impact Assessment Toolkit

When questions arise about community policies or projects related to parks and trails—particularly, how to maximize their positive impact on public health—a health impact assessment (HIA) can provide answers.


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