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Exploring children’s views on important park features: a qualitative study using walk-along interviews

Veitch, Jenny, Flowers, Elliott, Ball, Kylie, Deforche, Benedicte and Timperio, Anna 2020, Exploring children’s views on important park features: a qualitative study using walk-along interviews, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 17, no. 13, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.3390/ijerph17134625.

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Title Exploring children’s views on important park features: a qualitative study using walk-along interviews
Author(s) Veitch, JennyORCID iD for Veitch, Jenny orcid.org/0000-0001-8962-0887
Flowers, Elliott
Ball, KylieORCID iD for Ball, Kylie orcid.org/0000-0003-2893-8415
Deforche, Benedicte
Timperio, AnnaORCID iD for Timperio, Anna orcid.org/0000-0002-8773-5012
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 17
Issue number 13
Article ID 4625
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2020
ISSN 1661-7827
1660-4601
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
parks
physical activity
social interaction
children
design
PUBLIC OPEN SPACE
PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
HEALTH
PERCEPTIONS
ADOLESCENTS
ENVIRONMENT
GREENSPACE
PARENTS
INCOME
Summary Parks are places where children can interact with others and engage in physical activity in a natural setting. Park visits can enhance children’s social, mental, and physical health. It is therefore important to better understand how parks can be designed to ensure optimal use by children. This qualitative study explored children’s perceptions of park features that may influence their park visits, park-based physical activity, and social interaction. Qualitative walk-along interviews were completed with 30 children (mean age 9.7 years (SD 1.3), female n = 16) in nine parks located in varying socioeconomic areas of Melbourne, Australia. As they walked through the park, children shared thoughts regarding characteristics that may influence their visitation, park-based physical activity, and social interactions. Features that would encourage visitation included: challenging and interesting play equipment; a pond and water play area; trees/greenery and shade; and full-sized basketball courts. Features most valued for physical activity included: sports courts, ovals, and equipment; open space; trees to climb; and nature/rocks. Features most valued for social interaction included: a large size; playgrounds; and picnic areas. Children offer unique and important views. Park designers should consider inclusion of these features, when (re)developing parks to support children to lead healthy and active lives.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph17134625
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID ARC DP 170100188
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30139539

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