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A cross-sectional investigation of the importance of park features for promoting regular physical activity in parks

Costigan, Sarah A, Veitch, Jenny, Crawford, David, Carver, Alison and Timperio, Anna 2017, A cross-sectional investigation of the importance of park features for promoting regular physical activity in parks, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 14, no. 11, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.3390/ijerph14111335.


Title A cross-sectional investigation of the importance of park features for promoting regular physical activity in parks
Author(s) Costigan, Sarah AORCID iD for Costigan, Sarah A orcid.org/0000-0003-2566-3276
Veitch, JennyORCID iD for Veitch, Jenny orcid.org/0000-0001-8962-0887
Crawford, DavidORCID iD for Crawford, David orcid.org/0000-0002-2467-7556
Carver, AlisonORCID iD for Carver, Alison orcid.org/0000-0001-5166-3574
Timperio, AnnaORCID iD for Timperio, Anna orcid.org/0000-0002-8773-5012
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 14
Issue number 11
Article ID 1335
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2017-11-02
ISSN 1660-4601
Keyword(s) adults
park features
park use
physical activity
Summary INTRODUCTION: Parks in the US and Australia are generally underutilised, and park visitors typically engage in low levels of physical activity (PA). Better understanding park features that may encourage visitors to be active is important. This study examined the perceived importance of park features for encouraging park-based PA and examined differences by sex, age, parental-status and participation in PA.

METHODS: Cross-sectional surveys were completed by local residents (n = 2775) living near two parks (2013/2015). Demographic variables, park visitation and leisure-time PA were self-reported, respondents rated the importance of 20 park features for encouraging park-based PA in the next fortnight. Chi-square tests of independence examined differences in importance of park features for PA among sub-groups of local residents (sex, age, parental-status, PA).

RESULTS: Park features ranked most important for park-based PA were: well maintained (96.2%), feel safe (95.4%), relaxing atmosphere (91.2%), easy to get to (91.7%), and shady trees (90.3%). All subgroups ranked 'well maintained' as most important.

CONCLUSIONS: Natural and built environment features of parks are important for promoting adults' park-based PA, and should be considered in park (re)design.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph14111335
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
MD Multidisciplinary
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID ARC LP120200396
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? No
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30104749

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