Walkability measures how many people in a community live within a 10 minute walk from a park. 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.

Man jogging in the park, by Sebra, via Adobe Stock Images.

How is it measured?

Walkability included two metrics. One was the total amount of people that can walk to a park. The second was 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.