November 19, 2009

Today in Play: 5-year plan for Penn

PennsylvaniaGo Pennsylvania! The Quaker State/Keystone State/State of Independence is taking dramatic steps to improve the quantity, quality and access to play facilities for their citizens over the next five years, despite the economic downturn.

According to Department of Conservation and Natural Resources acting Secretary John Quigley, "The results of four in-depth surveys to support this plan show that families are spending less time outdoors; children are more obese than ever before; and residents are calling for access to close-to-home recreation, walkable and bikable communities, protected lands and waters, and well-maintained park facilities."

In light of those surveys, the recommendations made by the plan include:

  • Funding projects in pilot communities meant to strengthen the health and outdoor recreation connection;
  • Promoting safe walking routes to school;
  • Encouraging planning that integrates outdoor and green infrastructure;
  • Creating park, playground and schoolyard designs that exemplify green practices and encourage more outdoor play during the school day;
  • Developing events that blend youth-oriented and technology driven activities with traditional sports like hunting and fishing;
  • Working to provide information about local trails through Web sites and sojourns;
  • Being strategic with funding to close gaps in trail systems and connect users to trails; and
  • Providing more recreation opportunities for underserved urban and rural communities.

Read more about the plan here: Pennsylvania's new five-year Outdoor Recreation Plan focuses on outdoor activities (The Medical News)

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