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Healthy Walton Parks

Florida Department of Health in Walton County

healthy walton parks
The Healthy Walton Parks initiative is a product of the 2020-2022 Community Health Improvement Plan for Walton County, Florida. The initiative is lead by the Walton Community Health Improvement Partnership (WCHIP). It's goal is to make parks the epicenter of health for local communities by: 
  1. Creating an outdoor environment in our parks that supports the health for individuals of all ages.
  2. Collaborating with local governments to implement improvements that make parks a safer and more vibrant place that represents the culture of community. 

There are currently two community activities that supports the intiative's goal: Multigenerational Parks and the Art in the Park Project. 

Multigenerational Parks 

A multigenerational park is one that is designed for all ages and abilities. Multigenerational parks offer opportunities for all park users to increase physical activity with multiple activities of varying intensities.

WCHIP has introduced this program to recognize parks that serve all ages, and to increase awareness about the availability of parks to community members. We would like to ensure that these parks can meet the needs of any age group so everyone can enjoy the spaces together.

Current Multigenerational Parks in Walton County:

  • Freeport Regional Sports Complex
  • J.C. Alford Park in the Gaskin Community
  • Padgett Park in Santa Rosa Beach
  • Wee Care Park in DeFuniak Springs

Art in the Park 

art in the park logo

The Art in the Park Project's aim is to reduce vandalism of local parks while making them a more vibrant place that represents the culture of local communities. The project is in collaborations with the Walton County Sheriff's Office, the Walton County Prevention Coalition, the Walton County Tourist Development Council, the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, and others. 

Driftwood Estates Park

In April 2021, the first Art in the Park Project was completed at Driftwood Estates Park in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. The park was selected by the Walton County Sheriff's Office when the homeowner associations contacted them to assist with the graffiti and vandalism the was occuring often. Local art students from South Walton High School painted murals on the walls that were often vandalized as a deterrent, as suggested by the Walton County Sheriff's Office. This first project was then accessed to determine feasibility and improvements to expand the concept to other parks in Walton County. 
freeport regional sports complex recognized as a multigenerational park
wee care park in defuniak springs recognized as a multigenerational park
park intern completes assessment
wchip partners with local students for art in the park project at driftwood estates park in santa rosa beach.