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Parks and Urban Seniors

Source: EPA

The New York Times ran a story on how the city is attracting retirees and making the city more amenable to seniors. Among other items such as light timing at intersections to allow more walking time and places to get a drink of water, the article refers a few times to how parks are a key attraction for older citizens. From the article:

New York has become a safer city, and we have such richness of parks and culture that we’re becoming a senior retirement destination,” said Linda I. Gibbs, New York’s deputy mayor for health and human services. “They come not only with their minds and their bodies; they come with their pocketbooks.

This seems like a good time to again bring up the EPA’s recent report on planning communities for older Americans. The book specifically mentions the need for nearby public parks and quality gathering places. These are the senior and recreation centers, the walkways and trails, the outdoor performances and natural areas for people to get out and enjoy during the day and evening hours. And in the end, making a community friendly for seniors really is the same as making it friendly for all people.

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