Opportunities for recreational physical activity arise with parks and green spaces. “Utilitarian” physical activity, such as walking or bicycling to school and to other activities, is an equally important part of a child’s daily life. Environments that promote more active lifestyles among children and adolescents will be important to enable them to achieve recommended levels of physical activity. . . Planning and zoning efforts to ensure that children’s ability to walk, play, and get to school safely are a top priority. . . (We should) create and maintain playgrounds, parks, and green spaces within communities as well as the means to access them safely.
Our Built Environment is Bad for Children – American Academy of Pediatrics