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Local issues:Lack of green space

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Transcript of Local issues:Lack of green space

What Can Individuals Do?
Use parks and green space to become physically active and improve health and well being.
Local issues:Lack of green space
What is "lack of of green/open space" ?
Why is it important ?
What Can the Community Do?
What Can the City, County, and State Do?
Open space is any open piece of land that is undeveloped (has no buildings or other built structures) and is accessible to the public. Open space can include:
How is it happening ? Who does the issue affect ? and how ? Who is responsible ?
Open space provides recreational areas for residents and helps to enhance the beauty and environmental quality of neighborhoods. But with this broad range of recreational sites comes an equally broad range of environmental issues. Just as in any other land uses, the way parks are managed can have good or bad environmental impacts, from pesticide runoff, siltation from overused hiking and logging trails, and destruction of habitat.
"Lack of green space/open space is happening due to the expansion , and urbanization of our country and other countries in general in general ... the issue affects everyone , whether it be socially in which community events is limited and socializing is lost, physically as in fewer opportunities to exercise and play which leads to obesity, or emotionally in which one gains stress. Finally, everyone is responsible. This is because we kept destroying open/green space knowing that it was bad for all of us.
Green space (land that is partly or completely covered with grass, trees, shrubs, or other vegetation). Green space includes parks, community gardens, and cemeteries.
Schoolyards
Playgrounds
Public seating areas
Public plazas
Vacant lots
Start up or join a neighborhood community garden.
Volunteer for maintenance or clean up activities at area parks and green spaces.
Advocate for more public green spaces.

Replace lawns with native plants to attract birds, butter-flies, and other native species.
Identify potential sites, such as foreclosed properties, for conversion to green space, gardens, or other public space.
Develop educational or incentive programs to promote
environmentally beneficial landscape practices.
Identify and coordinate volunteers to maintain green
space and parks.

Explore public-private partnerships to expand green space
and civic space opportunities.
Identify options for developing small infill parcels as parks,
open space, or community spaces.
Encourage native plantings; review regulations that may limit native plantings in yards.
Health Impacts

Access to parks within a community can influence the health and well-being of urban residents.

Lack of places for children and adults to socialize and
hold community events.
Fewer opportunities to play and exercise which can
lead to stress, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Environmental Impacts

Lack of green spaces and trees lead to higher air temperatures and contribute to lower air quality.
Impervious surfaces, such as parking lots, roads, and
roofs, send many pollutants directly to lakes, streams,
and rivers, and also can cause neighborhood flooding
problems.

Financial Impacts

Communities without green
space can be less desirable detracting from the
image of a community.

Decreased property values.

sources:

http://hennepin.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Lack-of-Green-Space-Fact-Sheet.pdf

http://www.epa.gov/region1/eco/uep/openspace.html

http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/133091/lack-green-spaces-pocket-parks-are-solution
Los Angeles
Parks
Pocket parks-a possible solution

When one thinks of a park, one usually imagines a large plot full of trees in the centre of the city with routes for walking or jogging, and shaded sitting areas where people can enjoy the fresh breeze during the hot summer days. But what happens in cities, like Thessaloniki, Greece,Los Angeles in which green spaces are vital, but there is no free for such uses?
Pocket parks are the solution to this common “lack-of-green-spaces” problem. Pocket parks, also known as vest-pocket parks or mini-parks, are just a smaller version of a regular park. All that is needed is a vacant lot between, or even behind, a couple of blocks of flats. As you can easily imagine, the less money, the more creativity!

A mini-park could include spaces for relaxing, a playground that you can visit with your children on a sunny morning, a small space for events, or even a small café where you can meet with your friends during your lunch break.
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