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Parks and green spaces are critical for physical and mental health. Parks empower local community members to lead healthier lives, connect with neighbors, and enjoy a higher standard of living. Parks can also reduce air and water pollution in the area.

  • Access to parks and green spaces are vital resources for healthy communities. Low income households that were exposed to the greenest environments had the lowest levels of health inequality.
  • Communities of color and low income communities tend to have far fewer parks and green spaces in their neighborhoods.
  • Los Angeles has less green space and parks than any other large urban area in the country. 41 percent of low-income households in Los Angeles do not have immediate access to a park.