A Walk to the Park: Improving Walkability to and Through Parks

Friday October 30, 9:00 – 10:30am

Safe routes to parks provide more opportunity to engage in physical activity and greater access to open space. Nevertheless, there are several physical and social barriers that often make walking to parks difficult and undesirable, such as proximity to parks, lack of infrastructure, crime and traffic safety concerns. These barriers are a result of engineering, zoning, land use and design trends that have existed for the past 50 years. During this interactive session, leaders from the planning and park professions will share their efforts to work collaboratively to improve the built environment and create more walkable communities.

Moderator: Zarnaaz Bashir, Director, Health Initiatives, National Recreation and Park Association


  • Alissa Turtletaub, Park Planner III, Miami Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces
  • Anna Ricklin, AICP, Manager, American Planning Association
  • Scott Ulrich, AICP, CNU-A, LCI, Healthy Places Program Coordinator, Columbus Public Health