Do Innovatively Designed Playgrounds Mitigate Sociodemographic Disparities in Playground Use?


A study of neighborhood parks found that for every 10 percent increase in neighborhood poverty, the number of playground users diminished by 20 percent. This panel will share findings from the National Study of Playgrounds that examined differences in playground use by neighborhood socioeconomic status, focusing on race/ethnicity to understand the interaction between playground design and socio-demographic factors and their influence on moderate-vigorous physical activity.

Using this evidence, panelists will share recommendations for future playground designs that will mitigate disparities in playground use and physical activity levels among different sociodemographic groups.


  • Learn how playground design mitigates the impact of poverty on decreasing playground use
  • Understand differences in race/ethnicity in playground use, use of specific playground features, and visitor physical activity levels
  • Examine recommendations for playground features that will reduce disparities in playground use by sociodemographic factors


Emily Galfond

Designer, Studio Ludo

Deborah Cohen

Research Scientist, Kaiser Permanente