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"Parks Make Life Better" is a popular slogan used in the field of parks and recreation. It has been validated through numerous studies which demonstrate the many benefits of parks and how they indeed make life better for communities. Now new research conducted by UCLA in partnership with Prevention Institute and an advisory board of community-based organizations shows that parks can even help people live longer.
Specifically, the research offers the following findings:
Written by Elva Yañez of Prevention Institute, this article further identifies various actions that should be taken to address park inequities. Examples include: developing new policies and practices and reforming existing ones to prioritize investments in communities experiencing the greatest park deficits; evaluating agency policies and initiatives to assess their impact to reverse or reinforce park inequities and make corrections as necessary; and engaging with and listening to people living in low-income communities of color that have been historically excluded from park-related decision making.