The purpose of this study is to better understand who is using the recreation centers in the lower-income areas of the city. Additionally, we want to better understand what activities or programs bring people to the recreation centers in these neighborhoods, how people travel there, and how far they come from. The most apparent trends we found through this survey are that the recreation centers are used primarily by youth with an average age of 10 who live in the neighborhood and walk or bike there. Additionally, we learned that most recreation center users do not travel far to get to a recreation center. With this in mind we can better understand how the spatial distribution of recreation centers throughout the city affects which residents are being best served by recreation centers; when the focus is on quality over quantity, some neighborhoods get left out.
Conducted on behalf of The East Side Neighborhood Development Company. Supported by the Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program, a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
Access to and Affordability of St. Paul Recreation Centers for Low Income Families.
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