Parks and green spaces contribute significantly to the health and well-being of individuals and their communities. These health benefits are magnified when parks are equitable, meaning community members—regardless of race, income, age, or any other characteristic—have access to the space. But measuring health contributions and understanding their economic value can be time consuming and require data expertise. The Framework for Assessing Equitable Health Outcomes of Parks provides guidance for measuring health benefits and associated economic impacts. It gives park practitioners, local government leaders, and advocates directions for assessing how equitable their park system is, identifying how their park system improves health outcomes for users, and understanding how parks address health disparities. The goal of the framework is to help make the case for more strategic investments in parks and green spaces.
Guidance for Park Practitioners and Local Leaders