We examine the landscape of the provision of parks and their amenities by the Parks and Recreation Department in Arlington County from a racial equity lens. Combining data from the American Community Survey, Arlington Open Data Portal, CoreLogic, and scraped web information, we characterize the extent to which Arlington County is providing services that align with various communities’ needs and desires. In addition to racial (and other demographic) breakdowns, we consider other factors that may influence one’s needs for certain amenities such as car ownership, presence of young children, and type of housing (e.g. single family home or apartment building) and their intersections with race. We then calculate isochrones to determine how long residents of each neighborhood must travel to get to various parks and access certain amenities and overlay the factors described above to determine varying levels of access. 

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Morgan Stockham 

Claremont Graduate University, Department of Economics 




Digvijay Ghotane

Georgetown University, Department of Public Policy 





Asia Porter

Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Sociology 




Madeline Garrett 

University of Colorado Boulder, College of Arts and Sciences 





Eric Oh

Research Assistant Professor, Biocomplexity Institute, University of Virginia

Kathryn Linehan

Research Scientist, Biocomplexity Institute, University of Virginia

Aaron Schroeder

Research Associate Professor, Biocomplexity Institute, University of Virginia


Jaime Lees

Arlington County Chief Data Officer, Arlington County