Parks and Open Spaces

Having a place to exercise and be physically active is important to your health.

While there are some open spaces in Charlestown, there is only one park.

Safety

Whether your community, including its parks and open spaces, is safe can affect how much you exercise.

Within the 12 Wellness Trail Neighborhoods, Charlestown has the 6th highest rate of non-fatal assault-related gunshot and stabbing victims.

Closeness to Highways

Your proximity to highways affects your risk for asthma and cardiovascular disease.

“Busy” roadways have over 18,000 cars on an average week day. Charlestown is close to Interstate 93 and Route 1; and has heavy traffic on the Gilmore Bridge (42,000 cars per average week day) and Rutherford Avenue (61,000 cars per average week day).

Healthy Food

Eating healthy reduces your risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but it can depend on your ability to find healthy food stores in your neighborhood.

In Charlestown there are a few places where you can buy healthy food: grocery stores and 7 community gardens. However, community gardens often have wait lists and there are no Farmers Markets in your area.