The effect of natural space from parks on the perception of wellbeing among Latinx of Charlotte, North Carolina

Authors: Abel Ayon*, University of North Carolina - Charlotte
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Latinx Geographies , Urban Geography
Keywords: Wellbeing, health, urban natural spaces, parks, latinx, equity
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 8
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The city of charlotte is expanding its residential and commercial development, but also its population has increased dramatically. Currently, Charlotte is around the top five cities with largest population in USA according to the united states census bureau 2019. In addition, this city has been considered among top three emerging gateway cities in the nation. Specifically, the Latin population has been growing from 4% to 20% in the last two decades. Consequently, urbanization and population growth and not equal distribution of access to natural green spaces have limited the interaction and uses of these places. For instance, Charlotte’s parks are rated among the worst rank of in the nation according to the Trust for Public Land. In general, these changes are affecting population in general but mainly minorities such as black and Latino communities. This equity problem is documented across different cities of USA. Urban green spaces are important because they improve health, wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. Additionally, they facilitate physical activity, clean air, moderate temperature, social interaction, recreation and relaxation. Currently, there is deficient information about the perception of health and wellbeing of urban natural spaces such as parks among Latino community. This project has as objective to analyze the experience, uses, and perception of health and wellbeing of urban green spaces in parks among Latin communities in Mecklenburg County in North Carolina.

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