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While physical activity is essential to people’s physical and mental health, the ability to be active is shaped by where people play, work, live and learn. Neighborhoods may have parks, playgrounds, school gyms, and community centers, but many of these places are often closed or considered unsafe. Kids and families are more likely to use these facilities if recreation is free or low-cost, and parks, sidewalks, and playgrounds are safe and clean.

Communities are working to:

  • Conduct park and walk audits and stakeholder interviews to learn about current conditions
  • Improve existing parks, playgrounds, and open spaces by cleaning up litter, increasing the number of trash receptacles, improving lighting, and removing graffiti
  • Develop recreational programming for kids after school and on the weekends

Learn more about the park audits conducted by Fun n' Fitchburg pdf format of Pumping up Park Safety in Fitchburg doc format of Pumping up Park Safety in Fitchburg , a Mass in Motion Community.


This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.