All About Parks Rx!

January 7, 2020 by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Too often we underestimate the impact that nature and play have on children’s health. In fact, studies show that one of the best ways to stay healthy is to simply step outside. Parks and green spaces improve health and well being, strengthen communities, and make neighborhoods better places to live, work, and play. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy joins regional partners in Pittsburgh Parks Prescription, or Parks Rx, inviting children (and adults) in every neighborhood to explore and enjoy their local parks.

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Filling your park prescription is as easy as 1-2-3

Pittsburgh's parks are yours for the playing! Getting outside is one of the best (and most enjoyable!) ways to stay healthy. Through Pittsburgh Parks Rx, kids and families are heading to their local parks and greenspaces to stay fit and have fun. Get started by following the three easy steps below to fill your park prescription today!

Plan your park trip

There's something for everyone in the parks! Here are just some ways to play in the parks:

Go geocaching Jump rope Climb a tree
Kick a soccer ball Shoot basketballs Roll down a hill
Take a hike Swing and slide on a playground Play hopscotch
Play "I Spy" Find bugs and butterflies Make a scavenger hunt
Have a race Ride a bike Take part in a Citiparks activity


The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC joins these area partners in Pittsburgh Parks Rx:
Allegheny County Health Department • Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST) • Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation • Carnegie Mellon University • Citiparks • Family Care Connections – Lawrenceville • Lawrenceville United • Pittsburgh Public Schools • UPMC St. Margaret's Lawrenceville and Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health Centers


Pittsburgh Parks Rx has been funded in part by WORDOUT Research Dissemination Challenge of the University of Pittsburgh Clinical Translational Science Institute; Community Conservation Partnerships Program, the Environmental Stewardship Fund under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation; and the Hillman Foundation.