Louisville receives $180,000 in grants to improve outdoor activities

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The City of Louisville is receiving a $180,000 grant to help make access to outdoor recreation more equitable for children and families, regardless of the community in which they live. The National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials selected 14 community partnerships and coalitions across the United States to receive grant funds. The funds will be used to enhance an existing Louisville Parks and Recreation effort, the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative. The initiative focused on providing thousands of low-income children and young adults with annual outdoor experiences such as tree planting, overnight camping and day trips to aquatic and terrestrial environments. “This is another initiative that reflects my administration’s three main goals – to become a community of lifelong learning, a healthier city, and an even more compassionate city,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Getting outdoors helps our children and their families be healthier, and nature provides many opportunities for lifelong learning. It also touches on our purpose of compassion by reflecting our community’s belief that we only succeed when everyone has the opportunity to grow, learn, and play.” Director of Parks and Recreation believes the funding will help everyone in the city experience outdoor activities healthy, no matter where they are in the city. “We are grateful for the partnership we have with Wilderness Louisville to provide outdoor educational opportunities for children in our community,” said Margaret Brosko, Acting Director of Louisville Parks and Recreation.” This funding will allow us to continue our mission of ensuring everyone has access to fun, healthy and safe experiences. no matter what part of Louisville they live in.” Coalition partners on this grant include: Wilderness Louisville, Inc. Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness – Center for Health Equity (CHE) Louisville Parks and Recreation University of Louisville – Department of Sociology West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative (WLORI) Resident Community Council Louisville Metro Office for Performance Improvement (OPI) The initiative will aim to improve health outcomes and health equity by addressing five areas: the built environment, community-clinic connections, food insecurity, social connections, and tobacco-free policy.

The City of Louisville is receiving a $180,000 grant to help make access to outdoor recreation more equitable for children and families, regardless of the community in which they live.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Association of State and Territory Health Officials selected 14 community partnerships and coalitions across the United States to receive the grant funds.

The funds will be used to help enhance an existing Louisville Parks and Recreation effort, the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative.

The initiative focused on providing thousands of low-income children and young adults with annual outdoor experiences such as tree planting, overnight camping and day trips to aquatic and terrestrial environments.

“This is another initiative that reflects my administration’s three main goals – to become a community of lifelong learning, a healthier city, and an even more compassionate city,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Getting outdoors helps our children and their families be healthier, and nature provides many opportunities for lifelong learning. It also touches on our purpose of compassion by reflecting our community’s belief that we only succeed when everyone has the opportunity to grow, learn and play.”

The Director of Parks and Recreation believes the funding will help all city residents experience healthy outdoor activities no matter where they are in the city.

“We are grateful for the partnership we have with Wilderness Louisville to provide outdoor educational opportunities for children in our community,” said Margaret Brosko, Acting Director of Louisville Parks and Recreation. “This funding will allow us to continue our mission of ensuring everyone has access to fun, healthy, and safe nature-based experiences, no matter what part of Louisville they live in.”

Coalition partners under this grant include:

  • Desert Louisville, Inc.
  • Metro Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness – Center for Health Equity (CHE)
  • Louisville Parks and Recreation
  • University of Louisville – Department of Sociology
  • Community Council of Residents of the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative (WLORI)
  • Louisville Metro Office for Performance Improvement (OPI)

The initiative will aim to improve health outcomes and health equity by addressing five areas: the built environment, community-clinic connections, food insecurity, social connections, and tobacco-free policy.

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