Quality of public open spaces and recreational walking

T. Sugiyama, L.D. Gunn, Hayley Christian, Jacinta Francis, Sarah Foster, Paula Hooper, N. Owen, B. Giles-Corti

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Abstract

Objectives. We examined associations between specific public open space (POS) attributes and recreational walking to local POS. Methods. Between October 2004 and December 2006, 1465 adults of the RESIDential Environments Project, conducted in Perth, Australia, reported whether they walk to a POS for recreation. For each participant, we identified all open spaces larger than 0.8 hectares within 1.6 kilometers from home. On the basis of field audit data, we created 3 scores (presence, count, size-weighted presence) for 19 specific open space attributes. Results. With logistic regression analyses, we found that walking to a POS was associated with the presence of gardens, grassed areas, walking paths, water features, wildlife, amenities, dog-related facilities, and off-leash areas for dogs. It was also associated with the highest number of these attributes in a single open space, but not with the total number of attributes in all POSs within 1.6 kilometers of home. Conclusions. Building 1 high-quality local park may be more effective in promoting recreational walking than is providing many average-quality parks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2490-2495
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume105
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

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