Department or Program

Environmental Studies


Urban public parks are highly valuable amenities which have the ability to bestow a multitude of benefits upon visitors. Due to their high draw and often central positioning, public parks have a huge potential as spaces which can facilitate socialization between racial groups. This socialization across social boundaries, the key to antiracism, is often hindered by physical design which functions to create racialized landscapes which favor visitors of the power-majority, Whites. This paper argues that by implementing certain physical design features in Franklin Park, a Boston public park built in 1885, planning committees can create an environment which cultivates and accommodates antiracist action and sentiments.

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Restricted: Campus/Bates Community Only Access

First Advisor

Sonja Pieck

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

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