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Spatial Analyzation of Social Inequities on Everett, WA’s Park System

Authors: Sy Nguyen*, Western Washington University
Topics: Recreational and Sport Geography
Keywords: Parks, Recreational, Everett, Washington, Environmental Justice, Spatial, Equity, Social
Session Type: Poster
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Local government has due processes in how parks are implemented, renovated, and design for the community that it serves. Such a system reflects financial limits, departmental staffing, land use, and public comments that drive the completion of a park for their citizens. Here, I investigate the relationship between urban fabric, i.e. parks within the city with respects to spatial demographics, i.e. racial, income, and population. Using ArcGIS Pro and GeoPlanner for ArcGIS, I am conducting an analysis of the City of Everett, WA’s parks system, to determine the relationship between social demographics and availabilities of parks between North and South Everett and neighborhoods. South Everett has been noted to lack adequate parks compared to North Everett, coupled with a higher minority population around Casino Road and Evergreen, this furthers the environmental injustice that minority community faces. Looking at parks among neighborhoods reveals that majority that represents white, high-income households and lesser density areas are subject to higher park access within walking distance. Synthesis of macro-scale data from the Trust of Public Land and micro-level data from the City of Everett, WA, and ESRI suggests an inverse relationship between the spatial distribution of parks and social demographics at the micro-level. My findings describe the systematic environmental injustice that Everett presents with a lack of representation during the planning processes. I propose that this analysis with be used in future planning, in hope of addressing the environmental injustice that many communities face as well as the increase of park access to all.

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