The following is a guest post by Namasha Shelling, who works as a Project Coordinator at the Harvard School of Public Health. Namasha and I have collaborated to build on The Public Land Trust's (TPL) metrics around parks and communities. TPL published their methodology and results openly, and this post is built on that valuable contribution they have made!
Park Quality: Why we should care, not only about the quantity of parks, but QUALITY of parks in our neighborhoods
According to the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a non-profit that works on land conservation in the US, parks are known to reduce crime, revitalize local economies, increase physical activity, and in turn bring communities together. How many times have we heard this sort of phrase before? Not that it isn’t true… but it doesn’t matter how many parks your neighborhood has, if people don’t want to use the parks.