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A young Chattanooga community member
draws on a whiteboard while another
child looks on during a community
engagement event.
States, " we are a community that is
very proud of ourselves for being an
outdoor community, but so far, the
outdoor community face is a white
face; it's not a diverse group of people
[who] are in the outdoors, " she
explains. " This community, in particular,
doesn't have access to the outdoors,
and when I say outdoors, I also
include parks [not just large natural
areas]. Parks are like the first introduction
to the outdoor community. If you
don't have a park close to your house,
it's going to be more challenging for
you to go and explore [further] " into
other outdoor areas. The way Peterson
sees it, having a neighborhood
park in the community has two benefits.
" Number one, they have access
to the outdoors. Number two, they
will have a better understanding and
feel more comfortable being in the
outdoors, and in the long term, this is
changing who is in the outdoors, " she
says. This, over time, creates a more
diversified outdoor community both
in our local parks and in our larger,
more natural outdoor areas, such as
national parks or forests.
In a recent New York Daily News
article, Executive Director of the Design
Trust for Public Space Matthew
Clarke discussed how parks build
democracy. " First, an emerging
body of research shows that working
on the creation and stewardship
of parks builds social capital and cohesion.
In Philadelphia, researchers
proved that greening vacant lots improved
community health, but it also
created new connections amongst
residents, especially those who felt
previously disenfranchised, " he says.
" These social ties were then used for
other purposes: to host voter registration
events, to organize testimony
at city council hearings, or to create
mutual aid societies. Secondly, parks
and public lands offer a critical infrastructure
for society. They improve
our health by reducing chronic disease,
improving mental health and
elevating everyday joy. They can protect
our environment by capturing
stormwater and reducing the heat island
effect. No other investment can
stack these benefits together in ways
so profound and so impactful. "
According to Peterson, " Democracy
happens outside. In the short
term, we are bringing a park to a
community that didn't have it, and
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