It’s Parks and Recreation Month! What does that mean for Safe Routes to School practitioners and active transportation advocates?


July is Park and Recreation Month! Walkable, bikeable park access means double the opportunity for physical activity – on the way to the park and within it! 

The Safe Routes Partnership is hosting a free webinar to share how improving safe access to parks aligns with and can strengthen Safe Routes to School and active transportation advocacy efforts. It will feature the innovative Schools on Trails program from Anchorage, Alaska, which connects Anchorage schools to local parks and outdoor spaces and how the New Bedford, Massachusetts Department of Parks, Recreation, and Beaches has used the Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework to engage the community in its park access improvement efforts. Participants will also learn about new resources and upcoming funding opportunities to work toward walkable, bikeable park access. 


  • Mary S. Rapoza – Director, New Bedford Recreation & Beaches (Massachusetts)
  • Jessie Nesset – Second Grade Teacher, Northwood ABC School, Anchorage (Alaska)
  • Molly Brenner – Community Outreach Director, Anchorage Park Foundation (Alaska)
  • Danielle Sherman – Healthy Parks and Places Manager, Safe Routes Partnership
  • Marisa Jones – Healthy Communities Senior Manager, Safe Routes Partnership 
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