Green spaces benefit our community in many positive ways. Here are just a few ways we benefit from green space in our community:
Health & Wellbeing
- Proximity to green spaces like parks and trails can increase resident’s levels of physical activity and reduce the likelihood of being overweight or obese. This reduces the risk of diabetes and several types of cancer. Additionally, those who have access to green space have a lower incidence of domestic violence, stress and depression. Hospital patients recover faster when they have a view of green space.
- Trees, shrubs and turf remove smoke, dust and other pollutants from the air. One tree can remove 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually, equaling 11,000 miles of car emissions.
- Green space reduces noise levels, lower pollution, and reduce flooding.
- There is a significant link between the value of a property and its proximity to parks, greenbelts and other green spaces. Studies of three neighborhoods in Boulder, Colo. indicated that property values decreased by $4.20 for each foot away from a greenbelt.
- Employees with an outside view of plants experience less job pressure, are more productive and have greater job satisfaction than workers viewing man-made objects or having no outside view.
- Greening of business districts increases community pride and positive perception of an area, drawing customers to the businesses
- Greenery and flowers attract shoppers and residents to urban areas…spurring economic growth
The WCA has been busy protecting our greenspace in 2015. Learn more here.