Outdoor parks are already a wonderful place to get active and enjoy nature, but now things are about to reach a whole new level.
The Grant Park Skate Park is already a booming part of Chicago’s outdoor scene. It’s the most prominent urban skate park in the world, and now it’s about to get a healthy makeover. The Grant Park Conservancy and the HealthPark Committee are devising a plan to create the first ever HealthPark, where wellness is the sole focus of this outdoor space.
From the press release:
Your HealthPark will be a public park that brings more green space and trees to Grant Park. Public parks have the power to preserve nature and make nature accessible to city dwellers to heal, renew, and restore mind and body. The HealthPark amplifies a park’s natural traits by inviting people to move, be active, be purposeful and learn how to improve their health within a public outdoor setting. By adding trees and creating more space for social interaction, the HealthPark will positively impact physical + mental health outcomes. The HealthPark will create and strengthen social ties while reducing isolation and depression.
Sounds pretty great to me. Here’s a little bit more of what it would include.
An arboretum infused with healthy activities including a wide-variety of exercise disciplines including yoga, calisthenics, parkour, meditation & much more.
A home for free social events to build a healthy, all inclusive community.
Public Art, plants, trees breathing life and wellness into the heart of Chicago.
While parks are generally already homes for activity and health, it’s nice to see that one is being created for this sole purpose. We’re hoping that it’ll spur a new wave of outdoor activity, which is so often replaced with sitting inside, scrolling through social media. If this will encourage people to get outside and spend more time enjoying some sunshine and sweat, we’re all about it.
Would you want a HealthPark in your neighborhood?
To learn more and show your support, visit the Grant Park Conservancy website.