Access to Parks

Like walkability, local access to parks and recreational activities remains a controversial indicator. Ideally, measures not only include distance, but other considerations such as safety and the variety and quality of facilities, including their attractiveness.

While central metropolitan areas like Tucson are expected to have better access to parks and open space than other communities in our region, access to nature and recreation tends to vary with the socioeconomic status of neighborhoods.

The Trust for Public Land produced a map indicating the different needs for park land in the city of Tucson based on 2010 Census data. The determination of “park need” takes into account youth, population density and income levels. (Click to enlarge map). The nature of “park gaps” are based on determinations of walking distance to a park, with 10 minutes used as a standard. Areas with the most extreme gaps, as compared with city averages are colored red.

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Tucson Regional Indicators Project (TRIP)