Parks In Nonwhite Areas Are Half The Size Of Ones In Majority-White Areas, Study Says

Amid high temperatures and a pandemic, green spaces are a lifeline. But new data shows parks in low-income and nonwhite areas are smaller and more crowded than those in high-income and white areas.
A new study has found that parks in low-income and majority-nonwhite communities are smaller and serve a larger number of people per park acre. People are seen here relaxing in May in Brooklyn's Domino Park. Source: Johannes Eisele

In the midst of another hot summer and an ongoing pandemic, public parks are vital refuge. But a new study has found that access to parks in the U.S. differs sharply according to income and race.

A study published by The Trust for Public Land found that parks serving primarily nonwhite populations are, on average, half the size of parks that serve majority-white populations, and are potentially five times more crowded.

The data showed that parks serving mostly low-income households are, on average, four times smaller — and potentially four times more crowded — than parks that serve mostly high-income households.

As temperatures rise due to climate change, spaces to escape from the heat can be a matter of than any other extreme weather event, including hurricanes, tornadoes or floods. visit an emergency room for heat-related illness each year, and an average of of heat-related causes annually.

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