Urban parks and green spaces protect public health by providing opportunities for physical activity, time in nature, social connection, and respite. Parks also filter air, remove pollution, buffer noise, cool temperatures, filter stormwater, and replenish groundwater. But access to parks and green space is very unequal across lines of race and class. For generations, park inequities have unfairly and unjustly affected low-income communities of color.
To achieve park equity, people living in communities that have been historically excluded from park-related decision-making must be heard. The materials in this toolkit were designed to support community-based organizations, their members, and others who are building power to secure equitable investments in park infrastructure in disinvested communities.
The Park Equity, Life Expectancy, and Power Building Advocacy Toolkit materials include:
Data described in the toolkit come from a rapid review of the literature and new research conducted by UCLA’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences, in partnership with Prevention Institute, seven local base-building organizations (listed below), and the Center for Health Equity at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
This project is supported by the Urban Institute through funds provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We thank them for their support and acknowledge that the findings and conclusions presented in this report are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Urban Institute or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.