Who doesn´t want to have a terrace with a view to the trees or the mountain? Who doesn´t want to be near by a park to go out and play with the kids or walking the dog? Now days, the urban development of the cities is replacing the real jungles for asphalt jungles for supplying the needs that appear with the population growth of the cities, leaving behind the construction of natural leisure spaces.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends to have ten square meters of green areas per inhabitant in the cities (the ideal is between 10 and 15 m2), however the construction of green spaces free of asphalt have been leave aside, making big cities, like Bogotá, to have less than 4 square meters of green area per inhabitant, as is explained by Semana.
This issue directly affects the quality of life in the cities, since several studies conducted around the world proves that, having the possibility of reading a book, walking, to reflect, to rest or to exercise in a park, or green area, is good for all the people, helping them to release the daily stress of the traffic or work, among others. Also, it have been proved that this natural spaces help to social cohesion and it has even a lung function in the contaminated capitals.
For this reason, each new project should have this item to ensure a sustainable urban future, which, contributes to the physical and mental welfare of the citizens.
In other words, having green areas and trails for a walk close to home, can contribute to increase the quality of life of the people, providing recreational areas and improving the environmental development of the cities.