Parks and Child Health, Development

Researchers, via a study published in Environment International, link particular sorts of parks to better early childhood health and development. 

A team led by Jarvis, analyzing data on children from 0 to 5 years old collected in the Vancouver area, determined that “living in a tree-filled environment is associated with better early childhood development than living in an environment where vegetation takes the form of grass cover. . . . both varieties of green space are associated with better child development outcomes than areas dominated by paved surfaces. The study reinforces the notion—supported by a growing body of research—that green spaces are associated with better attention and memory in early childhood, higher academic achievement, and fewer emotional and behavioural problems. . . . All green spaces appear to promote health.”       

“Study Suggests Tree-Filled Spaces Are More Favourable to Child Development Than Paved or Grassy Surfaces.  2022.  Press release, Barcelona Institute for Global Health,