Why is this important?
Proximity to libraries and community centers is based on a 1.5 mile target, while proximity to parks and trails or bikeways is based on a .5 mile target. This measure allows the city to determine what percentage of the population lives within an acceptable distance of city amenities, and provides city planners with the data they need to determine the most effective positioning of new libraries, community centers, trails, bikeways and parks. As a measure, the proportion of the population within the target proximity to city amenities indicates ease of access to places of play, fitness, and learning for the residents of Fort Worth.
Just over half of Fort Worth’s population is within one and a half miles of a library or community center, where a wide range of educational, fitness, workforce, and after school programs are offered. More than three quarters of Fort Worth’s population is within a half mile of parks, which provide numerous benefits from flood control to maintenance of individual health. Less than half of the population is within walking distance of trails and bikeways that could serve to improve health and decrease traffic congestion.