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A study designed to understand connections between Latinx urban park use and perceptions of wellbeing in Charlotte.

Authors: Abel Ayon*, University of North Carolina - Charlotte
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Geography and Urban Health, Environmental Perception
Keywords: Wellbeing, health, urban natural spaces, parks, latinx, equity
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Virtual Track 3
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The City of Charlotte, North Carolina’s population has increased from 731,424 in 2010 to 872,498 in 2018, spurring extensive residential and commercial development. According to the
U.S. Census Bureau 2019 the city is one of the top growing cities in the USA. With this growth, Charlotte is identified as one of the top three cities with major immigrant settlement and destination in the U.S. According to the U.S. Census, the Hispanic population has been among the greatest increase, doubling from 6% to 12% between 2000-2010. Currently, Hispanic makes up 14% of the population in Mecklenburg county. Simultaneously, Charlotte’s parks system is ranked 96 among the worst in the nation of 100 cities, based on size, spending, amenities and proximity to residents, according to the Trust for Public Land, and results in intensified inequities among race/ethnic groups in terms of access. Additionally, studies reveal different cultural norms and perceptions in how people experience parks and open spaces. However, there is inadequate information about the perception of the relationship between health and wellbeing, accessibility and use of urban natural spaces, among Hispanic communities. Because urban green spaces and parks are vital for health, and wellbeing capturing the complex interaction of what Hispanic communities value in terms of parks, and how this influences perceived wellbeing is essential to reducing environmental and health inequities. This poster will describe a study designed to capture the experience and uses of urban parks among Latinx communities in Charlotte, North Carolina, and ascertain connections to perception of wellbeing.

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