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Children's perceptions of the use of public open spaces for active free-play
journal contributionposted on 01.11.2007, 00:00 authored by Jenny VeitchJenny Veitch, Jo SalmonJo Salmon, Kylie BallKylie Ball
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.