Safe Routes to Play

Safe Routes to Play works with children to improve connectivity and access to safe spaces for play and recreation

Safe Routes to Play (SRTP) is a child-centered planning process that helps communities assess connectivity between neighborhoods and parks, playgrounds, trails, and natural areas for children and families, focusing on active transportation, such as walking or biking. SRTP has been implemented by IPHI in the Prince George’s County, Maryland communities of Bladensburg/East Riverdale, Langley Park, and Suitland. IPHI is using the findings from this process to provide community tailored suggestions to improve the safety and walkability of communities for children and families to improve health outcomes and quality of life.

One of the child-centered activities was PhotoVoice, a photojournalism activity that is used to bring the realities of the youths’ lives home to the public and to decision makers to spur change.

SRTP is an initiative of GP RED, a national non-profit conducting research and education in health, recreation, and land management issues. For more information on SRTP, please visit their website.