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Kresge Foundation: City Project shows safe parks and recreation areas encourage healthy living, better quality of life

Low-income, park-poor communities in California’s North Orange County stand to benefit from increased access to green space, says a recent policy report. The City Project’s findings show that safe parks and recreational areas encourage healthy living habits leading to a better quality of life.  The January 2011 report, “Healthy Parks, Schools and Communities: Green Access and Equity for Orange County,” is part of The City Project’s multiphase project to map and analyze park access and equity in nine southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, Kern, Santa Barbara, and Imperial. The aim is to provide up-to-date information about green-access issues to concerned citizens, community groups, government officials, planners, funders, and other decision makers. The Kresge Foundation supported the work.

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