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Parks for the well-being, happiness and health

Why does a park promote healthy and well-being habits? The first answer is because it serves the development of physical activity. But you will find the deepest causes in our International Congress of Parks in Bogotá as well as strategies for controlling obesity, reducing sedentariness, and how to attack loneliness. Doctors repeat that thirty minutes of any physical activity or exercise improves the quality of life. But many times their recommendations remain on paper. How should one make the most of a park? In the Congress we will have the answers.

Large parks: the benefits

The development of a city starts with the importance of parks in urban design. The economic development strengthens around them (valorization, interesting sites, hotels, museums, restaurants, etc.) for their benefits to the city and the region. Thanks to them, social tissue is generated. If New York has Central Park, London has Hyde Park and Berlin, Tiergarten, Bogotá Is not far behind. Simón Bolívar Metropolitan Park, located in the heart of the city, is the largest urban park with 113 hectares and one of the most important ones. Its internal lake has 11 hectares and it has a 16 kilometer road network.

Bogotá classifies its parks in five types, according to their extension: regional, metropolitan, zonal, local and pocket. The importance of parks in urban design, planning and designing large parks will be two central topics that will be dealt with in this opportunity.

Children, playgrounds and nature

Facing the overwhelming shift of fierce, enslaving and impersonal technology, the best fun is not behind a screen. It is behind your window at home, at the end of the block, after walking for a few blocks or around the corner.  A place where we are all the same. For 2050 it is estimated that 70% of the world population will live in cities. Children are the joy of parks. There is no more precious toy than another child, and much better if they meet in a park. Showing their skills in spaces specially designed for the games they find there is the best seed for healthy development. The construction of happiness, the importance of pedagogical outings and the relevance of camps are topics that will be developed in our Congress.

Many international experts recommend that all children living in cities should have a park or place to play less than 500 meters away, a walkable distance. Are we complying with this in Bogotá?  This and other questions on our children will be answered.

Local parks that construct community

As a meeting point for the community, neighborhood parks are gyms to improve physical and mental activity, spaces to share with pets, ideal places to generate culture, recreation and sports strategies. Find out in the Congress the keys of the community social tissue and how parks are the extension of civic culture.

Waterfronts: wonderful opportunities for public spaces

Having lakes and water fountains within an urban park is priceless. Cities are built near them. Some of the regional parks, larger than the metropolitan ones, have in wetlands, reservoirs, rivers and streams the sweet for a child. Parks are part of the solution. The sustainable use of the water mirror and environmental assessment will be addressed in this Congress.

Public parks: economic sustainability

The current administration has invested since 2016 around 500 thousand million pesos in parks, a budget that has allowed to build and adapt more than 500 parks. Major Peñalosa’s projections are clear: the goal is to reach more than one thousand parks adapted for 2019, and another 1000 illuminated.  The economic development and the importance of parks in Land Use Planning of all the cities will be one of the must-see topics in this Congress. The economy and uses of parks, their administration and operation, public policies and tourism are mandatory subjects.

Open streets: the greatest temporary park

Did you know the largest linear park of the world is in Colombia? It is precisely in Bogotá, home of the International Congress of Parks, and we will tell you about the way it functions and where it is heading. It is about the ciclovía, a public recreation, sports and leisure scenario that takes advantage of the traffic routes every Sunday between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Its giant infrastructure of 121 kilometers makes it the longest in the world. It is the ideal space to change habits through more hikes and trips on bicycles and skates. A synergy that allows local and community economic development and contributes to generating citizen commitment.

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