Parks and Rec: a ranger’s regrets:
What factors shape access to public space? The case of Finlay Park
A Park Ranger realizes he is part of a city's mechanisms for controlling access to public parks.
This case was created out of the experiences I had as a Park Ranger for the City of Columbia, South Carolina in 2018-2019. Largely due to those experiences I am now a student of environmental justice, law, and policy. Whether you're a student, a government administrator, or someone working on the forefront of community based or more coercive approaches to enforcement in public parks, it is my intention that this case will help you to think more critically about access to public spaces in your own community.
The chapters to follow will provide a case study of Finlay Park, a unique park in the City of Columbia that helps shed light on complicated questions of access to public space.