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Accessibility to Open Space: A Spatial Analysis in Central Iowa

April 26 @ 12:05 pm - 12:55 pm CDT

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Presenter: Tim Tobin, GIS certificate candidate, community and regional planning

Advisor: Monica Haddad, associate professor, community and regional planning


Access to open space, whether that be public parks, trails or green space, is a vital component of healthy communities worldwide. Active time spent in open spaces is associated with known physical and mental health benefits such as stress management and improved concentration. Accessibility to such spaces can be considered a uniquely urban challenge for some; that is not all populations have equal opportunity to use and enjoy outdoor spaces with ease.

The goal of this project is to identify areas where accessibility to open space is a challenge and which communities this impacts, including those living in poverty conditions. This project will use open-source secondary data to perform exploratory spatial analysis of the placement of and accessibility to open spaces within four counties of Central Iowa.

The seminar starts promptly at 12:05 p.m. and ends at 12:55 p.m. This spring 2021 series will be using an online format. Hosted by the Department of Community and Regional Planning, the GIS Seminar Series is open to the public. If you are interested in attending a presentation, please send an email to Monica Haddad ( at least one day in advance, and she will send you a link with Webex information to attend.


April 26
12:05 pm - 12:55 pm CDT
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