There’s very strong movement across Canada to build age-friendly cities as compared to the traditional 20th century model of car-friendly cities. That means building age-friendly parks that are a social investment for stronger, healthier cities and essential to the health of individuals who live there. They offer opportunities for recreation, green space, new friendships, human contact, and a sense of belonging. Parks promote exercise, reduce crime, revitalize neighbourhoods, protect the environment and bring communities together through play. Some parks even offer age friendly splash pads. That’s right, even the adults get to dip their toes in recycled water along with the kids.
Green spaces with updates to accommodate everyone would be a wonderful social investment to any community. It could give a sense of belonging and more opportunities for play, and to interact with our neighbours. Very broad social benefits that are vital to any community’s health and well-being.