Parks & Recreational Spaces

Communities having ample availability and access to safe, clean and green open parks and recreational spaces that appeal to interests and activities across the generations is an integral factor of incentivizing physical activity among residents. Communities that lack the resources to maintain opportunities for physical instead fall into sedentariness or antisocial behaviors including violence. Disparities in park distribution and park access exist across communities particularly in neighborhoods that largely consist of low income and racial/ethnic populations.(1) Low-income and non-white neighborhoods were 50% less likely to have a recreational facility.(1) Latina women are less likely to go to a park or recreational facility due to fear of deportation.(2) Women report less outdoor physical activity in their neighborhoods due to being more likely to feel unsafe compared to their male counterparts.

  1. Parks and Recreation in Undeserved Areas.
    http://www.nrpa.org/uploadedFiles/nrpa.org/Publications_and_Research/Research/Papers/Parks-Rec-Underserved-Areas.pdf. Accessed June 20, 2017.
  2. Larsen BA, Pekmezi D, Marquez B, Benitez TJ, Marcus BH.
    Physical activity in Latinas: social and environmental influences. Womens Health Lond Engl. 2013;9(2). doi:10.2217/whe.13.9.