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Anchorage Park Foundation Healthy Parks – Healthy People

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Anchorage Park Foundation Healthy Parks – Healthy People

 

The community in Anchorage, Canada is benefiting in more ways than one from getting involved in assessing and working on improvements in their local parks.

The Anchorage Park Foundation has been building Healthy Parks and Healthy People by mobilising public support and financial resources for Anchorage parks, trails, and recreation opportunities.

Every few years hundreds of residents take part in a report card program by visiting their local park and rating it. Things that need fixing, replacing, renovating and suggestions for new improvements are captured and this information helps the Government to prioritise actions.

Local residents then volunteer their time to help deliver much of the work to improve their local park. This work is satisfying and produces tangible results.

Young people are also involved in the work through a Youth Employment Program, which gives them the opportunity to earn money, learn leadership skills and improve parks.

 


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