National non-profit Trust for Public Land has partnered with the City of Scranton and Valley In Motion to improve park equity in Scranton.

Scranton is one of just six cities nationwide chosen to participate in a Park Equity Accelerator pilot program. To improve access to Scranton parks for all residents, VIM is conducting sidewalk and road crossing surveys that identify barriers for walkers or bikers of all ages. VIM is convening focus groups that tackle larger questions about who feels welcome in Scranton’s park system. Increasing residents’ access and sense of belonging not only helps more people use these important public resources, but brings in more people as stakeholders in Scranton’s success.