Letter to the Editor: Green spaces don’t have to be actual parks in order to provide health benefits – Kitchissippi Times

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By Debra Huron, Kitchissippi Times, October 26, 2017

Re: Rochester Field open house draws concerns from residents (Oct. 12 edition of Kitchissippi Times)

The people quoted in your article seem unanimous in their view that Rochester Field needs to remain a field—a green and open space with trees, grass, shrubs, birds, people, and dogs.

(...)The green spaces don’t have to be actual parks in order to provide health benefits. Seeing a tree outside your kitchen window or having hedges around a property count, because they provide day-to-day encounters with nature.

The desire to keep Rochester Field a field is linked, in my mind, to a larger desire for green growth in our neighbourhoods. Infill development in Kitchissippi Ward has too many negative and familiar hallmarks:

https://kitchissippi.com/2017/10/26/letter-to-the-editor-green-spaces-dont-have-to-be-actual-parks-in-order-to-provide-health-benefits/