Too often we underestimate the impact that nature and play have on children’s health. In fact, studies show that one of the best ways to stay healthy is to simply step outside. Parks and green spaces improve health and well being, strengthen communities, and make neighborhoods better places to live, work, and play. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy joins regional partners in Pittsburgh Parks Prescription, or Parks Rx, inviting children (and adults) in every neighborhood to explore and enjoy their local parks.
1. Find your nearest Pittsburgh park Search for parks by zipcode or narrow your search by using the filters.
Please visit the Parks Conservancy's COVID-19 response webpage for the latest information regarding this global health emergency and ways to safely continue exploring Pittsburgh's parks.
3. Get Outside! Now, go out and play!
If possible, walk, bike, or bus to your park, and bring plenty of water. And most importantly, have fun!
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy invites you to take part in our many free, family-friendly programs, such as Kids' Day at Schenley Plaza, play dates and story hikes at the Frick Environmental Center, all-ages volunteer events, and much more.
Parks and green spaces support health and well-being, strengthen communities, and make neighborhoods better places to live, work, and play. On top of all of that, playing in parks is a whole lot of FUN!
Through Pittsburgh Parks Rx, park prescribers (like you!) provide children and families with information, resources, and inspiration to get active outdoors and connect with nature.
To help you make the most of park and outdoor time with young learners, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has created the Parks Prescriber Toolkit for Schools and Out-of-School Time. This toolkit is a guide for care providers and educators working in schools, afterschool settings, daycare centers, family support centers, and others who are interested in presenting Parks Rx.
The Parks Prescriber Toolkit emphasizes the benefits of physical activity and parks, and offers kid-friendly activities that can be taken advantage of both in and out of school. We encourage you to adapt and tailor the activities to your specific needs, whether the setting is a nearby park or greenspace, schoolyard, or even indoors.
Pittsburgh Parks Rx In the Clinic
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and other area partners have teamed up to develop the Pittsburgh Parks Prescription (Parks Rx), a program designed to support the health and well-being of children through regular park use and contact with nature.
In 2017, a clinical advisory team of physicians and public health professionals worked to finalize the systems through which a doctor can prescribe park use to a patient through Pittsburgh Parks Rx. This was piloted in several primary care practices in 2018. Learn more here.
Special thanks to our current clinical partners:
Allegheny County Health Department WIC Program • Children’s Community Pediatrics-GIL • General Academic Pediatrics-Children’s Primary Care Center • Pediatric Alliance Allegheny (AHN Pediatrics) • Pediatric Alliance Bloomfield (AHN Pediatrics) • UPMC St. Margaret Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health Center
For more information about how you can get involved with Pittsburgh Parks Rx, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Parks Rx?
Regular physical activity, regardless of age, is one of the most important lifestyle behaviors for maintaining a healthy weight and promoting quality of life. In addition, numerous studies show that being physically active in the outdoors and in connection with natural spaces provides added physical and mental health benefits. However, children only spend about one percent of their free time outdoors. Park prescription programs have been introduced as a preventative health practice in many states and cities around the country to help address this concern. Pittsburgh Parks Rx aims to provide a local framework for healthcare professionals to encourage kids to get outside, be active, and connect with nature.
For more information about park prescription programs nationally, visit parkrx.org
PITTSBURGH PARKS RX CLINICAL RESOURCES
REFLECTIONS FROM PHYSICIANS PRESCRIBING PARKS
PARKS RX PARTNERS
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh have collaborated with these area partners through Pittsburgh Parks Rx: