Addressing declining metropolitan park use : a case study of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

McDonald, Sharyn and Price, Garry 2009, Addressing declining metropolitan park use : a case study of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Managing leisure, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 28-37.

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Title Addressing declining metropolitan park use : a case study of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Author(s) McDonald, Sharyn
Price, Garry
Journal name Managing leisure
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 28
End page 37
Total pages 10
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-01
ISSN 1360-6719
1466-450X
Keyword(s) leisure
partnerships
metropolitan
parks
promotion
Summary One might expect natural area visitation to offer time-conscious leisure seekers a competitive, low-cost alternative to the vast array of activities available in a major metropolitan area. However, data obtained by Parks Victoria revealed that there has been a decline in the number of regional visitors to Melbourne's metropolitan parks over the past few years. Interviews with regional visitors highlighted the importance of the role that their Melbourne-based friends and relatives were as an information resource. This article investigates the reasons for the decline in park visitation by incorporating the viewpoints of both regional visitors and residents of Melbourne. Focus groups and in-depth interviews provided useful information about pull factors of metropolitan parks and how these parks should be promoted to attract more visitors.
Language eng
Field of Research 150603 Tourism Management
Socio Economic Objective 950103 Recreation
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30023744

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