Prior research would suggest that parks are an important element of a livable life. Evidence has connected physical activity, psychological restoration, and social health to proximity to parks and sites of recreation. This research, however, is primarily based on samples of university students and western European populations who are financially comfortable.
Hipp, J. A., Chockalingam, R., & Adlakha, D. (2011). Social ecological constraints to park use in communities with quality access (CSD Working Paper No. 11-36). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.