Parks For All will collect new data, listen to new voices, share new information, and create a roadmap for equitable and transparent investment in our public parks.
CREATING AN ACTION STRATEGY FOR EQUITABLE INVESTMENT IN OUR PUBLIC PARKS
HOW TO ENGAGE
Summer 2021: Parks For All Initiative Launched
With initial funding assistance from Louisville Metro Council, Parks For All launches with our first Local Project Team gathering, and an overview of what the next 20 months will bring.
Fall 2021: Stakeholder Engagement + Initial Data Collection
More than 30 interviews are conducted with Metro Government agencies and community stakeholders, such as park nonprofit organizations, Goodwill, and YouthBuild. Initial data on greenspace, tree canopy, and Louisville demographics is also collected.
Winter 2021: Data Collection + Parks Assessment
Data continues to be collected on Louisville’s land use, impervious surface, average temperature, and demographics. Louisville Parks & Recreation completes a system-wide detailed assessment of the condition of the amenities in all 120 parks, the condition of the 13 community centers, and any other properties owned and maintained by the department.
Spring 2022: Consultant Survey + Budget Analysis
A city-wide survey is conducted by a national firm to ask residents what they want to see in their public parks in the way of maintenance, programming, and capital improvements. This firm will ensure the results are “statistically valid” and equitably represent the demographics of Louisville.
Summer 2022: Community Listening Tour + Public Survey
The Parks Alliance of Louisville will attend scores of events to explain the goal of Parks For All and solicit feedback from area residents. The same survey utilized by the national firm in the spring will be available for residents to complete.
Fall 2022: Initial Recommendations + Community Roadshow
The data on city demographics, the data on park conditions and budget analysis, and the community feedback will inform an initial recommendation for future park maintenance and funding. This information will be shared at multiple events to garner feedback from the community.
Spring 2023: Final Recommendations + Action Plan Released
The Parks Alliance will release and equitable investment strategy for our public parks system to ensure the parks AND neighborhoods with the greatest need are prioritized for the earliest investment.
WE ARE HERE
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Louisville’s ParkScore® starkly illustrates how redlining continues to harm Black and brown residents. Our predominantly white neighborhoods enjoy 206% more park space per person than the city’s median; but overall, our neighborhoods where there are predominantly people of color have 6% less than the median.
Louisville is the 29th largest city in the US, but due to historic disinvestment, we rank 90th in park quality and accessibility. Our public parks and greenspaces are special to us - and critical to our health and wellbeing. We must do better, especially for the communities that benefit the most from these public amenities.
The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore® measures access, investment, amenities, acreage, and—new in 2021—equity. With the addition of this metric, Louisville’s ranking dropped from 81st to 90th.
HOW THIS WORKS
Parks For All sees public parks and recreation as a “three-legged stool”: the condition of the parks and recreation sites themselves, an in-depth understanding of the neighborhoods those parks serve, and the prioritized needs and wants of the residents.
This approach will provide a comprehensive analysis of the condition of all public parks and the communities they serve, while simultaneously gathering community input about their desires for park improvements, maintenance, and programming. Additionally, the effort will map gaps in access to a park within a 10-minute walk of residents' homes and prioritize investment in new parks.
With this data and community feedback, an action strategy will be developed to ensure parks AND neighborhoods with the greatest need are prioritized for the earliest investments.
What We've Got
Proximity + Access
Conditions + Needs
Who We Are
What We Want
The public's priorities for investment
Parks For All is an equity initiative led by the Parks Alliance of Louisville, in partnership with Louisville Parks & Recreation and other stakeholders. The "Local Project Team" brings together leaders from a diverse group of governmental and community organizations and an experienced national consultant team with an extensive background in park equity work.
The knowledge, experience, and passion of this group, combined with extensive community engagement, will provide a roadmap for equitable investments in our public parks.