The College of Charleston and the Trust for Public Land have teamed up to identify and promote high-impact policies that support equitable access to parks.
Morgan Hughey, assistant professor of health and human performance and Honors College faculty fellow, and Kendra Stewart, director of the College’s Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities and professor of political science, with support from CofC students and graduate students, will work alongside the Trust for Public Land’s 10-Minute Walk Program to review park access policies in a sample of 25 U.S. cities. The project will identify efforts in cities such as Detroit, where leaders have implemented policies to convert vacant properties to parks or green spaces, and Seattle, where shared-use agreements allow the public to use outdoor school playgrounds outside of school hours. The assessment will include interviews with local government leaders and administrators to gain context, insight and expertise on the formulation, adoption and execution of policies that promote increased access to public parks.
Stewart and Hughey plan to develop a report outlining the various policies, as well as a road map of how other cities can work to increase access to parks in their communities using similar approaches.
To learn more about Dr. Hughey and the 10-Minute Walk Program, check out the full article by Amanda Kerr in The College Today!