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Recreation and Park Administration


Recreation and Park Administration




Brian G Clark

Mentor Department

Recreation and Park Administration


When looking at a city like Richmond, Kentucky, one would imagine that there would be plenty of opportunity, and more importantly, plenty of space, for parks and facilities. One doesn’t have to know the population to see that Richmond is a busy small town. However, the actual acreage for city parks in Richmond is lacking. The city itself has an acreage deficit of 194.1 as of 2020 (McChesney 2020). Richmond has grown steadily over time and the need for adequate park space becomes more apparent. Research continues to indicate that parks are beneficial for a multitude of reasons. City parks offer opportunities to recreate, socialize, enjoy nature, and stay physically active. In the midst of a pandemic, it is critical to us as humans that we find ways to stay healthy both mentally and physically. The focus of this research was to examine deficiencies within the parks of Richmond, KY, and to analyze the health benefits of parks to the public.


Parks, deficit, facilities, tennis courts, health, benefits