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Brown School of Social Work

Date Submitted

Fall 12-12-2014



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Urban green spaces can contribute to stress reduction and mood change. Research shows that the percentage of green space in people’s living environment has a positive association with perceived general health, (Mass et al., 2006). Additionally, parks that are conveniently located have been associated with vigorous physical activity which can foster healthful lifestyles. Parks can also facilitate social interactions that are crucial to maintain social capital. Finally, housing that is within close proximity to a park is positively associated with property value. (Dedimo-Rung et al., 2004). In Saint Louis, Missouri, the city recognizes seven primary parks that comprise a total of 2.175 acres. In addition to these recognized parks, there are also 1,275 acres of additional open space throughout the city. Unfortunately, there are sill neighborhoods that have limited accessibility to urban green space. This project analyzes existing park conditions in St. Louis and research potential sites for a new park, considering factors of population density, crime rates and available land.


Social Work


St. Louis, MO

Exploratory Analysis of Existing Open Space in St. Louis - An approach to finding an ideal park site -
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