Numerous studies have demonstrated the immense importance of green space in urban areas when it comes to mental and physical health. City planning, however, does not always reflect this view and many urban neighborhoods have been built devoid of trees and park space. In many cases the green space that once existed is now in disrepair due to years of neglect. Through various neighborhood greening projects, Groundwork is able to work with state and local agencies as well as community members to identify and rejuvenate sites that show potential as neighborhood assets. Activities include tree planting, park restoration, community gardens, sidewalk flower planters, playground installation, murals and other improvement projects. As with everything we do, success depends upon the strong involvement of the people using the open spaces.
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