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.
South Dorchester has high rates of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Exercise is key to preventing all of these diseases, but South Dorchester has few places to exercise outdoors and 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 and bring in violence prevention programs to your schools and 5 community centers.
Advocate for better air quality protections.
Ask the EPA regional office at (888) 372-7341 and the Massachusetts DPH to study, monitor, and regulate highway and roadway pollution exposures and health. Install air filters or air conditioning in your home, which will reduce your pollution exposure.