In the time of COVID, access to outdoor spaces and the inequities surrounding those opportunities became abundantly clear. Thanks to The Trust for Public Land, which completed a study, put some numbers to the inequity. Studying 14,000 towns and cities, TPL found parks serving mostly low-income households were not only four times as small as affluent neighborhood parks, but were four times as crowded. Even the temperature of your neighborhood was cooler (up to 6 degrees) if you lived within a 10 minute walk of a park.
Friends of Harbors, Beaches & Parks (FHBP) continues to support opportunities in Orange County for more parks–especially in underserved areas. One opportunity that shouldn’t be missed is Willowick at the Santa Ana/Garden Grove border along the Santa Ana River.
View the Guardian article.