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Everyone Deserves a Park Within a 10 Minute Walk of Home

Post Date:10/10/2017
MAYOR’S OFFICE

129 S. Chelan St., Wenatchee, WA 98801
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October 10, 2017

Mayor Frank J. Kuntz Joins Groundbreaking Coalition of 134 Mayors to Launch 10-Minute Walk to a Park Campaign

Mayor Frank J. Kuntz endorses 10-minute walk to a park campaign led by The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute

At 10:10 a.m. on October 10, Wenatchee Mayor Frank J. Kuntz joined The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute in launching an historic “10-minute walk” parks advocacy campaign, establishing the ambitious goal that all Americans, and all residents of Wenatchee should live within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space.

This bipartisan group includes mayors from all across the country and represents cities large and small, including America’s four largest cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston) and diverse communities across Washington State. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, which represents more than 1,000 U.S. mayors, also unanimously passed a resolution at the 85th Annual Meeting urging all mayors to actively pursue the 10-minute walk to a park goal.

In Wenatchee more than 4,200 people live within a 10-minute walk from Methow Park, “The City of Wenatchee is thrilled with this partnership,” said Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz. “This park is strategically located in one of our most at risk and culturally diverse neighborhoods. We understand the importance of highlighting culture and creating investment and ownership in this park, as a catalyst for our community. This investment and our partnership with The Trust for Public Land help fortify the effort.” The City of Wenatchee is partnering with the Trust for Public Land to make sure the park meets the community’s needs.
Studies show that high-quality parks provide a wide range of benefits to urban residents 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.

The campaign marks the start of a multi-year partnership with cities and mayors across the country. Beginning in 2018, the campaign—led by The Trust for Public Land in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute—will be working with select cities across the country on measurable policies and strategies to advance the 10-minute walk vision.
Reaching 100 percent served in cities nationwide will require major advances in park finance and construction; zoning changes to encourage park development; embedding this goal into city parks master plans; the expansion of “joint use” agreements that open school playgrounds, tracks, and gyms for public use after hours and on weekends; and other innovations.

If you have any questions please contact the City’s Public Information Officer, Annagrisel Alvarez, at (509) 888-3623 or aalvarez@wenatcheewa.gov or Cary Simmons, Northwest Program Director, The Trust for Public Land, at (312) 952-0337 or cary.simmons@tpl.org.