Bullhead City Rotary Park Rapid

At a Glance:

Location: Bullhead City, Arizona

Date: 2014

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle, Reliable Transportation

Determinants of Health: nutrition, parks, neighborhood safety, belonging and civic muscle, active transportation, physical activity, physical activity

Affected Population: Children and Youth, People Living in Poverty, Suburban communities

Research Methods: Literature review, stakeholder_interviews, Quantitative research, Qualitative research, Other

Community Types: rural

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A planned expansion of Rotary Park in Bullhead City would feature development of approximately 38 acres to include additional soccer, football, and baseball fields, as well as parking. The Mohave County Department of Public Health used a $20,000 grant to conduct a rapid HIA to consider the health impacts of the prospective park expansion.

The HIA gave the department an opportunity to engage key stakeholders and the community to formulate data-driven recommendations that consider the value of community health and to foster positive relationships among the key stakeholders. The HIA concluded that the park expansion plan would promote and enhance opportunities for physical activity and would potentially increase the number of people who use the park for that purpose. Several recommendations were made to improve safety and accessibility for community members using the park.

Stakeholders include city and county officials, the city Public Works Department, city planners, community development corporations, transportation coordinators, residents of the surrounding neighborhood, park users, school district administration/employees, public health professionals, and those whose general interest lies in improving health outcomes.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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