Putting the "Safe" in Safe Routes to Parks

Improving Personal Safety from Crime and Violence to Promote Park Access

This fact sheet highlights the importance of improving personal safety from crime and violence in order to promote park access. 

Sometimes neighborhoods have nearby parks, but community members do not use them because they view the park or the walk to the park as dangerous. Threats to personal safety, whether real or perceived, strongly discourage outdoor activities like walking, bicycling, and spending time in parks. This fact sheet shares examples of how community groups, park agencies, law enforcement, and community-based organizations have addressed real or perceived violence and crime to increase safe access to and within parks.

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