Park Rx is a public health initiative of the U.S. National Park Service’s “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” program. Beyond Foundation is proud to bring Park Rx to Southern Arizona by partnering with Tucson healthcare providers who prescribe time outdoors in nature for their patients overall well-being.
The physical, social and mental health benefits of spending quality time outdoors have been well documented. For a quick check-list detailing potential health benefits click HERE.
How Does Park Rx Work? Healthcare professionals work with their patients to develop an appropriate routine using nearby neighborhood parks, where they can meet up with ParkRx Guides on a weekly basis to do fun physical activities that meet their individualized health goals.
ParkRx Guides also organize additional outdoor ‘field trip’ excursions to various public lands around Pima county region each month to add additional natural environment experiences for participants. Opportunites can be found on our calendar of events pages.
New Medical Providers and/or Participants who want to sign up to participate in the program, please contact Diego Martinez Barrera at email@example.com or call (520) 304-4611 or send us an email HERE.
Participating Healthcare Professionals: Your on-going Park Rx materials, including upcoming Park Rx opportunities and flyers, can be downloaded HERE.
Want to join in and do Park Rx your own? We are proud to be partnering with El Rio Community Health Center, Tucson Medical Center, Banner University Medical Center’s Pediatrics Department, and Clinica Amistad at El Pueblo Neighborhood Center. Be sure to ask for a ParkRx from your healthcare professional at you next visit!
You can also meet ParkRx Neighborhood Walk at any of the following weekly locations:
- Wednesday evenings, 5 pm at El Rio Community Health Center, 101 W Irvington Rd.*
- Thursday evenings, 5 pm at Mercado San Augustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento.
*NOTE: No ParkRx Walks will occur from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Contact Diego Martinez Barrera at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 304-4611 for some ‘cooler’ temperature field-trip opportunities that you can participate in over the summer months.Transportation will be provided.
- Tuesday evenings – Look for our NEW Reid Park location. Details coming soon!
- Day TBD – NEW Tucson Medical Center @ McCormick Park location. Details coming soon!
Want to participate on your own time? Grab a friend and hit the nearest trail on your own. You can always find an abundance of Park Rx trails and program at these links: