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, that established the ambitious goal that all Americans - and all residents of the City of Rehoboth Beach - should live within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or greenspace.
“Every great city ensures that people have easy access to parks,” said then-Mayor Paul Kuhns when he signed he pledge in 2019. “By continuing to invest in our neighborhood park system, we are creating inviting, welcoming, and dynamic spaces that everyone can enjoy.”
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. For more information please contact the Communications Department at 302-227-6181 ext. 522 or [email protected].