Park RX - Healthcare Professionals Prescribe Nature

NEXT TIME YOU VISIT YOUR DOCTOR, she just might write you a prescription to Riverside Park. The Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department is encouraging local health / wellness providers to write prescriptions for parks.

This initiative, Park RX, is gathering momentum in communities like Roswell by educating local healthcare professionals on how to incorporate prescribing nature (and parks) to patients during well-check-ups. In Roswell, this will also include nutrition and fitness education programs for local children and adults, as well as efforts to encourage more use of our parks.

Nature-based health care solutions (Ecotherapy) integrates traditional medical and psychological healthcare with the natural world. This treatment modality is based on the importance of the connection between humans and nature. In a natural setting we have an opportunity to awaken all of our senses, increase physical activity and community/social awareness.

On April 29, National ParkRX Day is celebrated across the US to bring together local healthcare providers, park agencies, community leaders, and local nonprofits to better integrate nature-based medicine into medical practices. A secondary aim is to persuade residents to start seeing visiting parks as important to their health and well-being. People are encouraged to know where the closest Roswell parks are located. 

Roswell has 16 parks offering outdoor activity space:

AZALEA PARK | 203 Azalea Drive

BIG CREEK PARK | 1600 Old Alabama Rd

DON WHITE MEMORIAL PARK | 925 Riverside Rd

EAST ROSWELL PARK | 9000 Fouts Rd

GARRARD LANDING | 8000 Holcomb Bridge Rd

GROVEWAY COMMUNITY PK | 160 Dobbs Dr

HEART OF ROSWELL PARK | 925 Canton St

HEMBREE PARK | 850 Hembree Rd

LEITA THOMPSON MEM. PARK | 1200 Woodstock Rd

OLD MILL PARK | 95 Mill View Ave

RIVERSIDE PARK | 575 Riverside Rd

ROSWELL AREA PARK | 10495 Woodstock Rd

SLOAN STREET PARK | 75 Sloan St

SWEET APPLE PARK | 11850 Crabapple Rd

TOWN SQUARE | 610 Atlanta St

WALLER PARK | 250 Oak St