Access to Parks

The Complexities of Park Access

Park access is not only about reducing travel distance to a park; it is a complex issue that requires a variety of creative solutions.

October 17, 2021 - National Recreation and Park Association Open Space Blog

Yosemite Shuttle

The Importance of Transit to Parks and Trails

Learn about efforts from across the country to expand access to public lands via public transit.

July 23, 2021 - Next City

Dolores Park

Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Parks and Recreation

A newly released report by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) reveals the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) activities at park agencies across the U.S.

June 9, 2021 - Parks and Recreation Magazine

East Rutherford, New Jersey

Has the Lack of Access to Parks Driven Up COVID-19 Infection Rates in Black and Latino Communities?

Experts indicate that it is too soon to conclude that the lack of access to parks has contributed to higher coronavirus infection rates in Black and Latino communities, but say there is likely a relationship between the two.

September 4, 2020 - USA Today

COVID-19

Staying Healthy During the Pandemic

Local parks and green spaces that enable safe social distancing have never been more important to people living in cities. The Trust for Public Land has released a new report showing their importance and the challenges they are facing.

August 4, 2020 - The Washington Post

Skaters

Parks on Wheels to Deliver Recreational Services to Underserved Areas

It has been over 25 years since urban planning professor Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris discussed the idea of "mobile parks" to meet recreational needs. The idea is still relevant today.

July 10, 2020 - Parks & Recreation Magazine

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