Pittsburgh chosen for park outdoor equity program

Pittsburgh has been selected as one of seven cities to join the Trust for Public Land’s second cohort of its 10-Minute Walk Park Equity Accelerator program.

The TPL chose Pittsburgh based on its commitment to advancing local parks, according to a news release from the nonprofit organization, and by joining the program, the nonprofit’s leaders said Mayor Ed Gainey is working to help close the gap in outdoor equity and access to parks.

Established with The JPB Foundation’s support in 2017, TPL’s 10-Minute Walk program works with more than 300 mayors and city leaders across 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., to close the park equity gap, the news release stated, so that every resident has access to a quality park or green space within a 10-minute walk of home. The program partners with cities to address their most urgent needs around health, resilience, environmental protection, economic development and community building through parks.

The Park Equity Accelerator brings technical assistance, financial resources, learning and evaluation, and policy planning support to participating cities. Baton Rouge, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Raleigh and Washington, D.C., are the other cities chosen.

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