Importance of Parks in a City
If you want to keep your heart healthy, then a communion with nature in your local park is a good first step. People who live near parks have greater opportunities for physical activities such as running, walking or participating in other activities that will make their hearts happy. In fact, studies show that adopting an active lifestyle reduces stress and obesity, and may even lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes, which speaks in favor of large open spaces as a gateway to better health
While healthy communities clearly improve the physical and mental well-being of adults, the benefits to another segment of the population – children and young people – cannot be forgotten. With childhood obesity as a persistent problem throughout the country, children face many of the same medical problems as their parents. Again, maintaining parks and vibrant open spaces are important factors in addressing this problem.
Exposing young people to the joys of outdoor activities in open spaces such as urban parks helps reduce stress, improves physical and emotional health, reduces hyperactivity, and builds stronger immune systems. It can also help future generations shape them into people who care about the environment and therefore commit to revitalizing and improving the urban park system.
Urban parks also support public health by cleaning the air we breathe. The leaves of trees and plants improve air quality by removing toxins such as carbon monoxide and ozone that are especially prevalent in cities and harmful to your health. These types of pollutants have been linked to respiratory problems in children, the elderly and people suffering from asthma.
To ensure that everyone in the community is fit and healthy, it is important that cities have a wide variety of parks to meet the interests of diverse populations. From parks and play areas to greenways and trails, open spaces are critical to helping neighborhood residents build and build stronger, safer and healthier communities.
Arlington Lions Club
4322 Richard D. Gatlin Road at end of Univ. Blvd. N.
The park has an area of 36 acres. It boasts open sunrise and sunset. Amenities includes nature trail, picnic areas, picnic shelters, playground, boardwalk, manatee education exhibit, boat ramp and grills
10790 Key Haven Road
Enjoy fishing in this park with its 20-acre lake maintained and stocked for fishing. It also has 1,400 feet of handicap accessible picnic facilities and nature trail boardwalks. The Bethesda Park Lodge amenities includes a full kitchen and restrooms, four cabins with four bunk beds, a restroom, and a kitchenette.
Blue Cypress Park
4012 University Boulevard North
The park has an area of 118 acres. It has a new fishing pier, small ponds, and wooded areas. There will also be a new nine-hole golf course with a small pro-shop. Other amenities includes swimming pool and a community Center.
Huguenot Memorial Park
10980 Heckscher Drive
With its huge area of 449.5 acres, it boasts different facilities that everyone can enjoy. Have fun with its fishing areas, boat launch, picnic pavilions, bird observation tower and much more.
3700 Park Street 32205
Relax in its picnic ground which includes 24 Picnic Tables, 2 picnic shelters, and 8 Grills. The 26-acre park also has a wooden fitness course, 16 lighted clay tennis courts, a pro-shop and a one-mile paved trail.