Access for all? Beach access and equity in the Detroit metropolitan area

Jinwon Kim, Sarah Nicholls

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Abstract

Beaches are a unique type of recreation setting, offering a variety of water- and land-based opportunities that can meet residents’ diverse and complex recreation needs. Providing and improving equitable access to recreation amenities such as beaches have been recognized as essential responsibilities of public leisure agencies. This study assessed the degree of equity inherent in the distribution of public beaches in the Detroit metropolitan area; to account for spatial effects, phenomena rarely considered in prior equity analyses, geographically weighted regression was employed. Considerable local variations in the relationships between level of access to public beaches and population density, proportion of elderly population and educational attainment were identified. Such findings can help parks and recreation agencies better understand local patterns of equity, an important first step in facilitating the formulation of more efficient and effective planning and policy approaches.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages1-25
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jul 1 2017

Profile

equity
metropolitan area
beach
recreation
agglomeration area
Beaches
public
elderly population
educational attainment
policy approach
amenity
population density
water
effect
distribution
responsibility
need
planning
land
resident

Keywords

  • access
  • Detroit metropolitan area
  • equity
  • geographically weighted regression
  • public beaches

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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Access for all? Beach access and equity in the Detroit metropolitan area. / Kim, Jinwon; Nicholls, Sarah.

In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 01.07.2017, p. 1-25.

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