|“No seniors on the artificial turf, please.”|
Warren, as City Hall’s token senior … would you like to weigh on on this one?
ARE PARKS ALIENATING THE AGING POPULATION? by Emily Matlovich (Strong Towns)
If you stroll through a park you’re likely to find a dog fetching a frisbee, children playing on the equipment, teenagers jogging with headphones, and families having picnics. What you’re less likely to find is senior citizens.
For the first time in human history the amount of individuals aged 65 and older will surpass the population under the age of 5. To put this into further perspective, by the year 2050, a third of the U.S. population will be 65+. Despite urban planners’ best efforts to accommodate this demographic phenomenon, many public spaces like parks are currently lacking age-friendly infrastructure. This means that seniors miss out on the physical and social benefits that parks can provide.