A green space is an area of grass, trees, or other vegetation set apart for recreational or aesthetic purposes in an otherwise urban environment. Green spaces are a great benefit to our environment. They filter pollutants and dust from the air, provide shade, lower atmospheric temperatures, and even reduce erosion of soil into our waterways. Other benefits include rainfall retention, natural resource conservation, cooler summer days, improved air quality, reduced soil erosion, water quality protection, reduced heat buildup just to mention a few.
Furthermore, more green space within a city’s boundaries can improve the urban environment, helping regulate air quality and climate, reducing energy consumption by countering the warming effects of paved surfaces, recharging groundwater supplies and protecting lakes and streams from polluted runoff.