Built Environment & Health

The built environment refers to man-made surroundings that provide a setting for human activity which includes buildings, parks, green space, trails, transportation systems, neighborhoods and cities.  Green space creation and preservation are better achieved by acquisition rather than through regulatory constraints. Outright acquisitions of significant green spaces can create recreational amenities and help preserve biodiversity. Conclusively, parks and green space offers a range of health benefits and they provide settings for physical activity and social interaction.

  • Protected green spaces and parks enhance surrounding land values and can reduce the visual blight of unmitigated sprawling business and residential development. Protected green spaces, particularly metropolitan area parks, are able to support a variety of recreational activities and can also act as a focal point for more vital social, political, and market activity.