Catherine Nagel writes in The Hill on the environmental and mental benefits of parks.
- The pandemic has led to a four-fold increased anxiety and depression in adults nationwide.
- Green space and parks have well-documented societal and environmental benefits.
- Studies show that communities with more trees and green space have lower temperatures in the summer months and fewer cases of anxiety in adults and children.
- Local investments in America’s parks are important to preserving our natural environment and improving mental health.
“From improving the health and wellness of citizens to creating a healthier physical environment, parks are vital to our future. To realize the power of parks, we must treat them like the essential civic infrastructure they are.”
Read the full article here.