The Challenge: Parks are great places for people to be physically active, but not all communities have equal access to enough good quality parks.
Make an impact: Understanding why communities lack quality parks can help planners implement strategies to increase park access for all people.
What the findings are about: This study examined socio-economic and racial/ethnic disparities in park availability, park features, and overall quality of parks throughout Kansas City, MO.
Key Findings and Recommendations:
Lower-income neighborhoods had significantly more parks than affluent neighborhoods, but lower-income neighborhoods were less likely to have playgrounds and also expressed greater concerns about park quality.
Although lower-income and minority neighborhoods did not have less access to parks, findings indicate that other types of park inequalities may exist, namely in specific types of park resources.
Vaughan, K.B., et al. (2013). Environmental Justice and Physical Activity: Exploring the Distribution of Park Availability, Features, and Quality across Kansas City, Missouri. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45(1Suppl): S28-S38.