Parks, Recreation, and Public Spaces Plan in Davidson, North Carolina

Parks, Recreation, and Public Spaces Plan in Davidson, North Carolina
Location Davidson North Carolina
Organization Davidson Design for Life, Davidson Parks and Recreation Department, Kostelec Planning, LandDesign

In 2013, Davidson Design for Life (DD4L) led a health impact assessment (HIA) in partnership with the Davidson Parks and Recreation Department, Kostelec Planning, and LandDesign to examine how parks, recreation, and public spaces can impact the seven dimensions of wellness (physical, emotional, environmental, occupational, intellectual, social, and spiritual). The HIA found that parks serve multiple purposes for individuals and communities, including providing a safe, accessible, and affordable place for physical activity and social gathering, and contributing to air, water, and soil quality. The HIA also found that public spaces not considered part of parks and recreation planning processes-streetscapes, public buildings and facilities, and vacant spaces between buildings-can offer services similar to parks and should be included in the planning process. The HIA made several recommendations including offering opportunities for community members of all ages and abilities to volunteer with the parks and recreation department; ensuring a broad range of community engagement opportunities within the master plan process; and establishing baseline metrics of how parks, recreational programs, and public spaces impact the seven dimensions of wellness within Davidson as well as tracking positive progress towards impacting wellness.

Outcome

The initial HIA will be used to inform the overall planning process for the Parks, Recreation, and Public Spaces Plan and additional public engagement along the seven dimensions of health will take place during the planning process due in part to the HIA. The project team is hopeful that the HIA will either be incorporated throughout the plan or included as an appendix.

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Decision makers at all levels are using the fast-growing field of HIA to take health into account when making decisions in a broad range of sectors, including agriculture, education, energy and budgeting, in all types of locations--rural, suburban, and urban, local, regional or statewide. Learn more about the information sources that were used to develop this page.

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  • Status Complete
  • Completion Date 2013, November
  • Decision-Level Local
  • Sector Built Environment
  • Organization Type Government Agency