Green Open Spaces Close to Home
The Coronavirus pandemic has clearly demonstrated how important green open spaces close to home are to people’s health and well-being. Here in Prince William, natural area parks are attracting unprecedented numbers of visitors. It's easy to understand why.
Trees have many benefits, including helping us feel less stressed. Their calming effect can lower blood pressure and help us be happier, along with the obvious environmental benefits. Trees are essential for healthy communities and people. This pandemic has reinforced that truth.
Prince William’s draft Parks Chapter of the Comprehensive Plan recognizes that green open space and passive-use parkland is important. That’s a good step in the right direction. However, we still need a road map that shows the path to success - the way we’re actually going to achieve our goals. Together we can make this happen.
With all in-person programs canceled for the foreseeable future, PWCA is shifting to online activities to foster support for green open space advocacy initiatives. We’re planning virtual meetings, webinars, and online documents to share information and ideas with you. As always, we’re focused on building support for the acquisition of green open spaces close to home and better stormwater rules to protect local rivers and streams.
PWCA’s cancelled forum Black and Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places with Dudley Edmondson will be rescheduled as soon as conditions allow. And our Annual Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area will be back in 2021. The first Bluebell Festival in 2008 celebrated the acquisition of Merrimac Farm for wildlife watching, hunting, and fishing. We’ll be back next year!
We’re continuing to work hard and maintain hope for the future. We are creating some great opportunities for you to join us and share ideas about trees, backyard habitats and open space - ways to green our communities and expand our parkland. We wish you well during this difficult time and hope to 'see' you soon!