What is the relationship between African Americans and urban parks?

Authors: Noel Bowers*, Kent State University
Topics: Ethnicity and Race, Urban Geography, Recreational and Sport Geography
Keywords: race, parks, chicago,
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Studies suggest that there is a lack of visitation among African Americans in National Parks, is this due to the type of activities done there? Can some of the answers be found by questioning the activity in urban parks? The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of Africans Americans perceptions of natural areas in their urban parks. This is a qualitative study of a sample of African Americans over the age of 18 living on the south side in the city of Chicago. The data was collected through semi-structured interviews of the visitors of the different Chicago Park District Fieldhouse locations. The locations of the natural areas were chosen based off their position in the neighborhood and the size of the natural area is at least one acre of land. The preliminary results suggest a difference in the types of activities performed in the urban parks among African Americans and types of amenities a park offers.

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