Activity performed by children in their free-time may have a significant impact on overall physical activity levels, however, very little is known about the influences on children's active free-play. To examine the role and use of public open spaces, 132 children (6-12 years) from a selection of primary schools participated in small focus group interviews. Children reported that their use of public open spaces was influenced by a combination of intrapersonal, social and environmental factors including; the play equipment and facilities at local parks, lack of independent mobility, urban design features, presence of friends, and personal motivation.
This is an electronic version of an article published in Children's Geographies, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 409-422.Children's Geographies is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1473-3285&volume=5&issue=4&spage=409