St. Louis Park Active Community Living

St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Physical inactivity has been identified as one of the leading causes of preventable death and disability in Minnesota. Recognizing the significance of this statement, the City of St. Louis Park responded to the challenge by taking the initiative to make public health an element of City planning policy. This commitment to the planning and implementation of these initiatives, such as “Vision St. Louis Park,” has established St. Louis Park as a regional leader in creating a livable and active community. Working with the City, SRF identified existing conditions, summarized the analysis process, and made recommendations in the form of goals, objectives, and strategies to improve the sidewalk and trail system. Input from members of the community, a Community Advisory Task Force, and City staff was also a critical component of the plan.

The Big Picture/Vision.
St. Louis Park is actively engaging its citizens in ways to make the City more livable. The Vision St. Louis Park process provided City staff and elected officials with an opportunity to hear from residents that sidewalks and trails are a vital piece of the City’s infrastructure. Vision St. Louis Park identified the need to improve the sidewalk and trail system to make it safe and easy for residents and visitors to travel around the City without using cars; thereby, improving the overall health of residents and reducing reliance on automobiles.

In 2006 and 2007, St. Louis Park was named as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance (americaspromise.org). Because the City provides the infrastructure for healthy, active lifestyles, St. Louis Park will keep their residents for years to come.

CLIENT: St. Louis Park