According to the Neighborhood Parks Council, the benefits of parks are many, including improving the overall quality of urban life.
When Bridgette Moore and her husband bought their house in Wildomar they weren't looking for parks, specifically, but when Bridgette saw the park just down the street was locked and off limits to the neighborhood she started asking questions.
Not long after that she started knocking on doors to ask for allegiance in her efforts to get the parks reopened and for donations to keep them maintained.
Along the way she learned to speak in public, was invited to join the parks committee, served on the city council and was even elected mayor after Wildomar became incorporated in 2010. Now that's community involvement!
To date her efforts have resulted in the opening or reopening of three parks in her area.
What's the value of a neighborhood park? While the space and supplies and maintenance can be measured, the happiness and health derived from them is priceless. Thanks to Bridgette Moore the parks are open and available for all the community to enjoy.
"The importance of pedestrian public spaces cannot be measured...Parks and other pedestrian places are essential to a city's happiness." -- Enrique PeÃ±alosa, Project for Public Spaces.