Here in the US,as a contrary to my city Jakarta, you might be able to locate at least one park in your neighborhood. It could be just a green space where you can sit and enjoy yourself, big parks where you can jog or ride your bike and enjoy their plaza or attractions, playground for children,or even special parks for your dogs. I’m sure, there are many terminologies to differentiate these park according to their use or locations.
And I don’t need to explain, as I’m sure many of you have understood how crucial it is to have parks, open and green spaces in your surroundings. A park or green space brings nothing but goodness to our lives. For sure, it will reduce air polution and conserve energy by cooling the temperature. It can also be a place where citizens (children, youth, adults, and seniors) meet and socialize. I browse around and find some great ideas, that inspired me and hopefully other dreamers (well, we can call ourselves as advocates or social entrepreneurs :)) and also legislators.
The city of New York has a plan that within 10 years from now, New Yorkers will be able to find a park within 10 minutes walking distance from their homes!Wow, big dream!And they have great plans to ensure that it will happen. And I feel some of their plans might be doable for us (I’m sure Bloomberg will not mind if we copy their great plans called plaNYC, we’ re not copying, it can be a dissemination of might be an evidence-based practice). One think that I like from the plan is that they will utilizes the use of existed schoolyards. Government will work with schools so that schoolyards will accessible outside of school hours. And of course they would equipped school yards to be public park or yard. Another great idea to create green open space (not particularly for children, though) is to create community plazas, where pavements or aspalt streets can be transformed into plazas with the touch of greenery. Another project, that I believe has started in Indonesia few years ago is to create “green blocks” where residences will have mini gardens, potted plants, and plant sidewalks of their neighborhood with trees.
OK, another great idea comes from an organization called Kaboom. This organization focuses only on making sure that each child has access to a play area within walking distance!They work together with communities to build playgrounds for children, including private sectors and those who loves children. They provide trainings, equipments, and even people can volunteer to help build play areas. Check their website here.
And guess what??Indonesia has one great program, called Green Map. It started in NY, but then Marco Kusumawijaya brought the idea of mapping green areas to Indonesia. Green Map movement is aimed for creating sustainable living through greener spaces. This is a huge, globally social movement that we should be a part of it. The Green Map tools will help community members and also others with decision making power to create a sustainable environment. It will also help you to find green areas in areas or other parts of the world. I should try to go through their Jakarta Map when I’m home. Check their website here.