Expanding Park Equity Can Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce Racial Disparities

The nonprofit Groundwork Denver completed a new 5.5-acre park on a former brownfield site in a working-class neighborhood in north Denver. The organization aims to create green spaces to improve community health and increase access to nature for communities of color. “We need the resources to get folks comfortable and back into our gardens and park spaces. We know that these open spaces are healing spaces—that they allow people to get outside, and that brings them mental and physical wellness,” says Jonathan Pacheco Bell, an urban planner who has worked to address park inequities.

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