Help Kick Off ’10 Minute Walk to a Park’ Campaign at Gooch Park Today!

Please join Mayor Rob Dolan, Ward 3 Alderman Frank Wright, and former Mayor Patrick Guerriero at Gooch Park today, October 12, from 4-6 p.m. for a special event to help kick off the nationwide “10-Minute Walk to a Park” campaign.

The event will feature children’s activities, including decorating mini-pumpkins, and it’s a great opportunity for friends and neighbors to get together as we help the Trust for Public Land, the National Recreation and Park Association, and the Urban Land Institute launch their new initiative, whose goal is that all Americans will live within a 10-minute walk (half a mile) from a park or green space. Mayor Dolan is one of 127 Mayors who have signed on to the initiative.

“Melrose has always been a pedestrian-friendly city, but people are much more likely to walk if they have somewhere to walk to,” said Mayor Dolan. “Fortunately, we have an abundance of neighborhood parks, large and small, and over the years we have worked with PTOs and other organizations as well as our own Parks Department, Parks Commission, and Department of Public Works to ensure that they are great places to relax and play. Melrose residents have plenty of choices, from bringing their toddlers to a neighborhood playground to walking or golfing at Mount Hood, and we’re happy to help Mayor Guerriero and his team get the word out about this initiative—and how cities can help their residents achieve a healthy lifestyle!”

Guerriero’s firm, Civitas, is managing the campaign on behalf of the Trust for Public Land, the Urban Land Institute, and the National Recreation and Park Association. The U.S. Mayors Conference has endorsed the initiative.

“I have been traveling the country, meeting with mayors to build a nationwide coalition,” said Guerriero. “Naturally, as I was working on this, my own home town came to mind. Melrose has already achieved this important benchmark, so we can hold it up as a model to other communities.”

We hope to see you there!