Public parks, even small ones, have numerous health benefits. The benefits range from decreased violence to improved mental health to improved healing. They are an important public health asset with impacts across the life spectrum, which is why there is an ongoing effort to place parks within a 10 minute walk or half mile distance of urban residences across cities in the United States. While these metrics of distance and time can provide important measures that help us understand the geographic location of parks and their proximity to local communities, they don’t tell the whole story. Why is this? Consider a hospital. Just because a hospital is in a community, and within a half mile or ten-minute walk, does that mean it is truly accessible and available to the community? No. Community members have to be able to pay. They have to know how to navigate the health system. The space needs to make them feel welcome. The doctors need to be well trained. And the hospital needs to be well run and managed. We believe that parks operate from a similar position. While a public park doesn’t require an entrance fee, there are still associated costs in terms of living close to urban green space. Additionally, parks require programming, maintenance, staffing, and funding to truly flourish. Furthermore, the measures above of distance and time walked can be met, but traffic and physical barriers can still impact one’s ability to get into the park and fully benefit from it.