Lewisville receives $40,000 in grant funding to help increase access to high-quality parks

As part of the 10-Minute Walk campaign, Lewisville was one of 12 cities selected to receive grant funding from the National Recreation and Park Association.

As part of the 10-Minute Walk campaign, Lewisville was one of 12 cities selected to receive grant funding from the National Recreation and Park Association.

As part of the 10-Minute Walk campaign, Lewisville was one of 12 cities selected to receive grant funding from the National Recreation and Park Association.

The $40,000 grant funding will be used to support city planning efforts that help increase access to high-quality parks within a 10-minute walk. Lewisville has 61.4 percent of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park. As a result, the city will use funds to conduct walkability audits with community partners to identify ways to increase connectivity to parks and develop a neighborhood park improvement schedule based on a social equity model for prioritization.

“Ensuring each of our residents have easy access to our green centerpiece and park system via trails and pedestrian connections are the primary Big Moves of Lewisville 2025,” Mayor Rudy Durham said. “The funds and assistance from the grant will help the city of Lewisville identify specific actions for increasing the number of residents who have access to a quality park."

Launched in 2017, the 10-Minute Walk campaign establishes the ambitious goal that everyone in the U.S. should live within a 10-minute walk or half-mile of a high-quality park or green space. A bipartisan group of nearly 200 mayors has joined this effort, which will require major advances in park finance and construction; zoning changes to encourage park development; embedding this goal into city parks master plans; the expansion of joint-use agreements that open school playgrounds, tracks and gyms for public use after hours and on weekends; and other innovations.

To learn more about the 10-Minute Walk campaign, visit www.10minutewalk.org.
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By Sherelle Black

Sherelle joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2014 as a reporter for the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. She was promoted in 2015 to editor of the GCS edition. In August 2017, Sherelle became the editor of the Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. Sherelle covers transportation, economic development, education and features.


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