More Than a Pretty Place: Activating Urban Parks to Improve Community Health and Wellness

Project Overview

7th Funding Cycle Development Award
     Project Start Date: 1/1/2012
     Project End Date: 12/31/2013 - No Cost Extension Through: 6/30/2014

Project Goal Statement: To understand how a new urban park, with complementary outreach and education, affects knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, assets/supports and health outcomes among neighborhood residents.

Award Amount: $199,986

Community Partner(s):
Primary Community Partner: Beth Fetterley Heller, Urban Ecology Center
Additional community partner organization: Menomonee Valley Partners

Academic Partner(s):
Primary Academic Partner: Kirsten M. Beyer, PhD, MPH, Institute for Health and Society
Additional Academic Partner: Amy Kistner, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Project Progress Summary Reports:
     Project Progress Report Summary 1/1/2012 - 8/31/2012  
     Project Progress Report Summary 9/1/2012 -8/31/2013
     Project Final Report Summary

Affiliated Web Pages:
     Urban Ecology Center

Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by the project partners)

  • Articles
    • Article in the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (June 2014) - "Urban Ecology Center branches provide safe options for outdoor play"
    • Article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (June 2014) - "Weekend's activities prove benefits of connecting to nature"
    • Published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health (2014)
  • Outreach Materials / Events
    • Shared program information through community newsletters and at a community open house (January-September 2012)
    • Shared program information through the Urban Ecology Center newsletter
    • Featured on WTMJ Radio and WUWM Lake Effect 
  • Presentation
    • Presentation at the International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS) Conference
    • Presentation at the Creating Healthy Communities 2013 Summer Planning Conference (June 2013)
    • Presentation and poster presentation at the Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children (May 2014)
    • Poster presentation at the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Looking Back, Moving Forward conference (May 2014)
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