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Are you aware of research or other documents about park access in regions throughout California? This may include maps and other visuals, in addition to needs assessments.

How to contribute

Please send your recommended additions to with the following:

  • A brief summary about the key findings, why you recommend this item, and the library category(ies) the item would best fit.
  • Your name, title, and organization, if applicable, so that we may recognize your contribution(s) to California’s Health in Parks Research Library.
  • Web address link to the item. If the item is not online, please attach the item to the email. Please zip the file if greater than 25 MB.


Title Summary
Parks & Recreation in Underserved Areas - A Public Health Perspective

“It is essential for park and recreation agencies to review and reevaluate the aspects of parks that can potentially have a lasting impact on the future of public health.”

This paper examines park access, park distribution, park facilities, and park conditions in order to address adequate places for physical activity within a built environment.

Parks for Everyone - Green Access for San Diego County

This report includes geographic, demographic, and economic data to map and assess the overall accessibility of the region’s green space to examine the equity of green access.

Healthy Parks, Schools and Communities: Mapping Green Access and Equity for Southern California

This report maps and analyzes park access and equity in nine counties in Southern California — Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, Kern, Santa Barbara and Imperial.

This report also discusses Economic Benefits, Environmental Benefits, Physical and Mental Benefits, and Social and Cultural Benefits.

Shasta County Parks, Trails and Open Space Plan

This report speaks to the need for space and the importance of programs.

Complete Parks Overview

Guidance for creating an equitable parks system