To create a more equitable and accessible parks system, the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has released an Equity Data Tool. The tool is an online interactive platform that uses a diverse set of data indicators and scores that help to measure which of the city's parks and recreation centers have the greatest need for park investment and capital improvement.
The tool visualizes and communicates park and recreation existing conditions as well as inequities and disparities across Atlanta's neighborhoods, while also evaluating neighborhood environmental and social determinants of health for each of the census tracts in which the parks and recreation centers are located.
Red indicates a high need score, and green indicates a low need score. The higher the score, the greater the need to prioritize for investment/improvement. Check out more on our indicators and scoring here in the Methodology Report.
Want to find out more about the quality of your park and recreation center and the conditions in your neighborhood? Explore the (6) maps included in the DPR EDT here! To view the different maps, CLICK on the title below the map.
Check out the DPR EDT Video Presentation & Tutorial Videos! We wanted to show you some of the nuances of the tool so you can have an easier time navigating it. Visit the Activate ATL YouTube Channel for all our videos!
The DPR Equity Data Tool includes six data maps and Need Scores for each park and rec center evaluated. The Need Scores are comprised of four scoring categories that are used to assess Atlanta's parks and rec centers. All the scores for each of these categories are normalized on a scale of 1-5 and added together to produce total park and recreation need scores.
At DPR we believe that every Atlantan should have a quality park nearby that is safe and well-maintained. The City of Atlanta's park system, although extensive, faces disparities in access and quality, especially between historically under-resourced communities and more affluent areas of the city.
As a result of this tool, DPR can use data-driven mapping to evaluate needs and help guide equitable prioritization of capital investment and improvement for parks and recreation across the City of Atlanta.