The Power of Parks in a Pandemic

April 13, 2020

John Surico’s recent article in City Lab, describes how critical parks have been during the COVID 19 pandemic, equitable access to local green spaces, and showcases the importance of space and funding for neighborhood parks.


“The coronavirus crisis, to me, highlights three key gaps in parks equity that cities will need to address once this is all over: accessibility, funding, and space.”

“In the U.S. alone, 100 million people (28 million children included) do not have a neighborhood park within a 10-minute walk from home. “

“Most of the parks in desperate need of renovation were small neighborhood green spaces, like triangles, plazas, and gardens. But as we’ve seen, these are the open spaces we’re now relying on the most during the pandemic. Especially when the big parks fill up.”

Read the full op-ed here.