Check out this amazing article on Age-friendly Parks – and the 4 GenPhilly members involved/quoted: (1) Kate Clark (Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and GenPhilly Founder), (2) Sarah Low (Philadelphia Parks and Recreation), (3) Meg Holscher (Fairmount Park Conservancy, and (4) Raechel Hammer (Klein JCC – who identified all of the seniors for the article)! Nice work!
Phila. effort aims to make parks fit for seniors
Miriam Schupacheveci, 74, hasn’t ventured into a Philadelphia park in years. There aren’t enough bathrooms or security personnel to make her feel comfortable. And there are too few railings for her husband, who needs support when he walks.
“I’d like to” go to a park, said Schupacheveci, of Northeast Philadelphia, “but I don’t think it’s safe.”
Philadelphia has one of the world’s largest urban park systems. And, according to census data, the city has the highest proportion of people 65 and older of any of the 10 largest cities in the country.
Yet 73 percent of Philadelphians over 60 reported never using their neighborhood park in the previous year, according to data from Public Health Management Corp.’s 2008 Household Health Survey. continue reading>>