Urban green spaces and their benefits
In land-use planning, urban green space is open-space areas reserved for parks and other “green spaces”, including plant life, water features -also referred to as blue spaces- and other kinds of the natural environment.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GREEN SPACES IN OUR CITIES?
Mental health benefits
Access to nature is essential for humans and has an impact on our mental health. According to numerous studies, it helps reduce stress and improves both concentrations and increases happiness. It is particularly beneficial for children and older people, although it is related to improved mental health in general. There is even an interesting line of investigation that relates violent behaviours with fewer green urban landscapes.
Parks and gardens are an oasis in the middle of cities, extremely valuable resources for improving our health and physical condition. Studies in this regard confirm that long-term contact with nature is linked to longer lives. And it promotes healthy lifestyles and sport: enjoying sports activities in nature is even more beneficial. Hence the interest in enjoying sport outdoors, for example in calisthenic parks.
One only has to think of traffic jams, crowds and pollution to understand why green spaces generate so many social benefits. Among them, improved social relationships and a strengthened sense of community, as these can be developed in more pleasant surroundings for community living. Or how they favor environmental awareness, particularly among the younger population.