The Safe Routes to Parks Project is aimed at working with communities to establish safe and accessible routes to parks for all ages, abilities, races, and incomes. Updates in infrastructure are often necessary for creating routes that are capable of accommodating multimodal transportation safely. Community engagement is the foundation for any update. Walking audits are used to collect information on the existing condition of the routes, usually by the people who live in the community. Ultimately, the goal of Safe Routes to Parks is to provide improved access to parks which will improve health conditions and overall well being of all people living in the community.
King Park Walking Audit
A walking audit was conducted on July 11th by members of the Safe Routes to School program as well as the Safe Routes to Park intern Gillian Zhao. Staff members from the Urbana Park district were also in attendance. In total, 11 people showed up to help with the walking audit; however, no participants in the audit lived in the King Park neighborhood.