People need the time and financial resources to travel to parks away from their communities. Only the presence of a park within a community can provide immediate daily access for its residents.
In 2015, California launched the nation’s first interactive geographic information system (GIS) that identifies park deficient neighborhoods throughout the entire state. Today, the Community FactFinder serves as a planning tool that links park access with demographic data.
The California Department of Parks and Recreation serves a critical coordinating role in expanding park options for traditionally underserved communities.* This role is enhanced through local assistance grants and new partnerships with health agencies to inform the SCORP.