by SA Wilhelm Stanis, IE Schneider, KJ Sinew, DJ Chavez, MC Vogel

Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 27(3): 78-95


The need for greater physical activity to improve human health and well-being in the United States is well established, and parks and recreation areas have a clear role to play in providing opportunities for increased activity. This study interviewed visitors to two kinds of parks (urban and rural) in the Los Angeles and Minneapolis areas to better understand how race and ethnicity affect park use. Across all races, respondents noted constraints related to lack of time, family obligations, and lack of energy. Constraints that differed across races/ethnicities included concerns about safety, lack of desired activities, and overcrowding. Management suggestions for addressing these constraints are provided.

Region: Los Angeles, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota
Publication Type: Journal article
Keywords: crime, human health and well-being, Los Angeles, race and ethnicity, recreation, safety, and surveys and interviews