Park Access Equity: A Case Study of the Village of Bellevue
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During an analysis of parkland inventory, staff for the Village of Bellevue Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department learned that the Village was not meeting minimum standards of developed park space, as defined by the National Parks and Recreation Association (NRPA). The parks did not appear to be equitably distributed throughout Bellevue, with some regions of the village having access to several parks, and others having access to none. This project completed an assessment of Bellevue’s ability to provide equitable access to parks through safe, multi-modal entries and created an analysis of the quality of amenities within each of the Bellevue parks. Findings from this Park Accessibility study found that Bellevue prioritizes parks in higher income areas, while ignoring communities disproportionately affected by poverty. There are several reasonable recommendations that can help the Village of Bellevue move forward in their goal of achieving a village park within a 10- minute walk of every resident.
Dr. Wendy Scattergood, Political Science
undergraduate, research, collaboration, political science, equity, park access
Fogel, Bryanna, "Park Access Equity: A Case Study of the Village of Bellevue" (2021). Student Presentations. 8.