Document Type

Professional Plan Capstone

Original Publication Date



City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities


Richmond, VA

Date of Submission

May 2020


Increasingly, cities are investing in their green spaces, such as open spaces and parks, as a strategy to improve the livability of the city, but also to improve the health of its residents. Research finds that access and proximity to green spaces provides a host of benefits to humans, including mental and physical health improvements. However, not all residents have equal access to these green public amenities.

Research focuses on best practices for identifying minimum basic standards for DPR parks and the importance and limitations of green spaces in urban design. Basic standards include: setting the minimum limit for amenities in parks, best policies, implementation practices, and funding. The plan includes an analysis of the study area, Richmond, Virginia, and park access based on age, income, and race.


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