In 2019, the City of Rehoboth Beach joined The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute in launching a “10-minute walk” parks advocacy campaign. The campaign established an ambitious goal that all Americans - and all residents of the City of Rehoboth Beach - live within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or greenspace.
Studies show that high-quality parks provide a wide range of benefits to residents and cities themselves including:
- physical and mental health benefits by providing opportunities to be physically active and to interact with nature
- economic benefits by boosting businesses and helping to revitalize neighborhoods
- community-building benefits by encouraging neighbors to interact with one another and work together to improve their surroundings
- environmental benefits by cleaning and cooling the air, improving climate resilience, and increasing education.
The full list of mayors/cities endorsing the 10-minute walk standard can be found at 10minutewalk.org.