Save the Date! Applications Open November 4, 2019 for Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities
Many communities are working hard to make routes to local parks and green spaces easier and safer for walking and bicycling. And as the Safe Routes Partnership notes, it's often the case that the communities that could benefit from these Safe Routes to Parks the most also have high levels of traffic injuries and fatalities coupled with low levels of safe access to these spaces.
To help address this, the Safe Routes Partnership, with generous funding from The JPB Foundation, has created the Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities Program. For the 2020 cycle, applications for the program will open on November 4, 2019. Awards will be given to seven grantee communities. Applications will be due by 11:59 PM PT on December 16th, 2019.
The Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program provides tailored technical assistance for seven communities to develop Safe Routes to Parks action plans and awards $12,500 to each community to begin implementation of those plans. The Safe Routes to Parks action plans will be based upon the Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework, developed in 2017 through the collaborative efforts of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the National Recreation and Parks Association. The framework provides a structured process by which communities can increase safe and equitable access to their parks and green spaces. The framework includes four main areas of activity: 1) Assessment, 2) Planning, 3) Implementation, and 4) Sustainability, with each area heavily infused with proactive community engagement. Awarded communities’ action plans will address each stage of the Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework and provide clear steps to improve local park access for people walking, biking, and rolling.
Visit the Safe Routes to Parks website to learn more about the program, eligibility and expectations, and application details.