You Can Help

Advocate for more healthy parks and playgrounds.

The Massachusetts Recreation and Parks Association is a professional non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, development, and improvement of all recreation and park services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Their website has information on how to advocate for the development of parks in your community.

Write to your state legislators; find out who they are here. Mattapan has high rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. Exercise is key to preventing these diseases. But, Mattapan has few places to exercise outdoors and 25% or 1 in 4 adults living here do not think it is safe. Call and write to your legislators to develop more safe open spaces and parks.

Bring a Farmers Market to your neighborhood.

Contact the Massachusetts Federation of Farmers Markets to establish a regular Farmers Market. The Federation has a website where you can find information on how to have your community host a Farmers Market.