Having a green network that is easily accessible for the public not only creates recreational opportunities close by, but also promotes ‘walkable’ communities by the use of nearby trails for walking, jogging, and cycling. The social interaction that occurs from such activities promotes a standard of respect and safety among community members, and can even help to dissolve prejudices about race, economic status, and educational status.
Studies have shown that being in or around areas with green infrastructure boosts self-esteem, improves confidence, lowers stress, reduces anxiety, improves ADD/ADHD symptoms, and increases overall life satisfaction in people of all ages—even with green infrastructure as small as a community garden.
The Green Infrastructure Plan will identify opportunities to use natural or “green” infrastructure as a means to protect and restore our valuable resources, including the improvement of our storm water systems. Additional examples of green infrastructure improvements can be found in the Green Infrastructure Story Map.