Relatively wild urban parks can promote human resilience and flourishing: a case study of Discovery Park, Seattle, Washington

Citation

Elizabeth Lev; Peter H. Kahn Jr.; Hanzi Chen; and Garrett Esperum (29 January 2020). Relatively wild urban parks can promote human resilience and flourishing: a case study of Discovery Park, Seattle, Washington.


Abstract

As metropolises balloon with growth and sprawl widens the footprint of cities around the world, access to nature for people living in urban areas is becoming harder to find.

If you’re lucky, a pocket park might be installed next to a new condominium complex on your block, or perhaps a green roof tops the building where you work downtown. But it’s unusual to find places in a city that are relatively wild — even though our evolutionary history suggests we need interactions with wild nature to thrive.