Something is very wrong when we can’t afford to maintain parks and open spaces

I have just read that New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)  has a project which aims to help reclaim open spaces around NYCHA developments in the Bronx that have been abandoned and locked up.  They say that because the agency has so much open space and no staff or budget to maintain it, it is creating partnerships with community organizations to put outdoor spaces to use in the forms of youth soccer fields and community gardens and farms.

Creating partnerships with communities and community groups is good, but when one of the richest countries in the world ‘cannot afford’ to fund the maintenance and management of parks and open spaces, with all of the health benefits which they have been proven to provide, I can’t help thinking that something, somewhere,  is very wrong.

And this isn’t only happening in the USA – it is being repeated in the UK.

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