Examining the features of parks that children visit during three stages of childhood

Flowers, Elliott, Timperio, Anna, Hesketh, Kylie and Veitch, Jenny 2019, Examining the features of parks that children visit during three stages of childhood, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 16, no. 9, doi: 10.3390/ijerph16091658.

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Title Examining the features of parks that children visit during three stages of childhood
Author(s) Flowers, Elliott
Timperio, AnnaORCID iD for Timperio, Anna orcid.org/0000-0002-8773-5012
Hesketh, KylieORCID iD for Hesketh, Kylie orcid.org/0000-0002-2702-7110
Veitch, JennyORCID iD for Veitch, Jenny orcid.org/0000-0001-8962-0887
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 16
Issue number 9
Total pages 10
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2019-05-13
ISSN 1661-7827
1660-4601
Keyword(s) children
local green space
park features
parks
playgrounds
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
PUBLIC OPEN SPACES
PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
URBAN
PLAY
Summary Parks provide an opportunity for children to be physically active, but are rarely fully utilised. A better understanding of which park features attract children of varying ages is needed. This study examined which features are present at parks that children visit most often at different stages throughout childhood. Parents reported the park their child visited most often at three timepoints: T1 = 3-5 years, T2 = 6-8 years, and T3 = 9-11 years. These parks were then audited (using a purposely created audit tool) to capture information relating to access, activity areas and quality. Online mapping tools were also used to determine walking distance to parks and park size. Parks visited at T2 were further from home, larger, and had more road crossings, full courts, other facilities and comfort amenities such as toilets and lights than T1 parks. Parks visited at T3 were larger and had more sports ovals compared to T1 parks, and were significantly less likely to have barbeque facilities than T2 parks. Our findings suggest that as children transition from pre-school (T1), to primary school age (T2 and T3), they visit parks that have more facilities to support sport and active recreation.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph16091658
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID ARC DP 110101434
ARC DP 140100554
ARC FT 130100637
Copyright notice ©2019, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30122350

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