Park Equity Model

Graph breaking down the different criteria that was used to establish the information 

The Park Equity Analysis is built upon the US Census data analyzed at the Census Tract Block Group level, combined with statewide maps of public and local parks. The model prioritizes underserved areas of Maryland in need of park space by identifying areas with:

  • High concentration of children under the age of 17
  • High concentration of populations below the poverty line
  • High population density
  • Low proximity to public park space

Each of these factors is represented in the model as a separate data layer. The layers include Census Tract Block Groups that are scored for the importance of these factors. The layers are added to produce a combined score for prioritizing need for park space.

Half of the combined score is based on these identifying population factors, while the other half is based on geographic proximity to park space. Final scores are displayed in a quantile manner, categorizing block groups into five categories- measured against each other.