Walkability measures how many people can walk to a park within ten minutes throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. This idea was developed by the Trust for Public Land. Access to parks within a ten-minute walk provides space for people to gather with friends, exercise, and maintain mental health in a safe outdoor environment. Often, communities of color and underrepresented communities do not have the same access as other groups.

Patterson Park offers the only green space to much of the surrounding Baltimore neighborhoods. Photo Will Parson.

How is it measured?

Walkability includes two metrics. One is the total amount of people that can walk to a park. The second examines how many people in diverse groups can walk to a park. Diverse groups include people who are Black, Asian, Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, two or more races, and other races.