Feeling green: Parklands usage doubles during pandemic

Feeling green: Parklands usage doubles during pandemic

The use of the Western Sydney Parklands 60-kilometres of tracks and trails has doubled since the commencement of COVID-19 restrictions.

Western Sydney Parklands Executive Director Suellen Fitzgerald also said views of the Parklands' digital walking, running and cycling maps more than tripled during April and May, with more than 10,000 web visits and 1700 map downloads during its Get Back on Track campaign.

"Spending time in green spaces offers much-needed solace and is proven to reduce feelings of anxiety, lower blood pressure and create a sense of wellbeing, which we can all appreciate now," Ms Fitzgerald said.

The increased visitor numbers are supported by new data from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's Public Space During COVID-19 survey, that has been filled in by more than 750 people since May 8.

In the first month of results, 72 per cent said local parks had been "especially useful" or "appreciated more" during COVID-19 restrictions.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said: "Sydneysiders have voted with their feet - and bicycle wheels - during this health crisis by enjoying the wonderful public spaces we have at our fingertips."

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