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The overarching purpose of the research element of the National Open Spaces Sacred Places Awards Initiative is to engage a community of scientists to generate more complete knowledge about the benefits and impacts that result from user experiences of nature-based sacred spaces in cities. Observations within previously built Open Spaces Sacred Places suggest that time spent in sacred places in nature can be transformational, providing remarkable experiences of renewal and restoration. While investigators may focus on a single project site, it is expected that the sum of studies across the initiative will serve as an insightful, conceptually based body of knowledge that will serve to focus attention and effort on the creation of Open Spaces Sacred Places across cities.

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    We are a private nonprofit that supports, informs, and inspires the creation of publicly accessible urban green spaces. We believe that every city resident needs nearby green space to provide opportunities for mindfulness, respite, and renewal. The Foundation has issued its final grants to build five Open Spaces Sacred Places and research the impacts on a variety of users with the hope that the powerful connection between nature, spirit and human wellbeing will be scientifically proven.

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