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Parks

Parks can provide pedestrian destinations, recreation opportunities, links to adjacent neighborhoods, gathering places for communities, and connections to the natural environment. Parks in Seattle range from programmed spaces with sports activities and playgrounds to spaces that provide habitat and environmental benefit. Some boulevards, including Interlaken and Ravenna, are managed both by Department of Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Department of Transportation. Some communities have also discussed the option of creating parks, or park-like spaces, from the right of way. Access to parks has been shown to increase pedestrian activity and public health.

Locations and design of parks have a major impact on the pedestrian environment and recreation opportunities, as do their connectivity to other spaces. Many parks feature walk ways and paths, like Green Lake and Seward Park, which then connect to a significantly larger network of green spaces, expanding ones opportunities as a pedestrian significantly. Street ends that provide connections to trails and shorelines can also be identified as parks.

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