Using participatory GIS to measure physical activity and urban park benefits

Brown, Greg, Schebella, Morgan F. and Weber, Delene (2014) Using participatory GIS to measure physical activity and urban park benefits. Landscape and Urban Planning, 121 34-44. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2013.09.006

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Author Brown, Greg
Schebella, Morgan F.
Weber, Delene
Title Using participatory GIS to measure physical activity and urban park benefits
Journal name Landscape and Urban Planning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0169-2046
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2013.09.006
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 121
Start page 34
End page 44
Total pages 11
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Language eng
Subject 2303 Ecology
2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Abstract Previous urban park research has used self-reported surveys and physical activity logs to examine associations between physical activity and park features, size, and distance to participants' homes. In this study, we used participatory geographic information systems (GIS) methods to explore potential correlates of physical activity and other health benefits in urban parks. Using an internet-based public participation geographic information system (PPGIS) system, study participants identified the spatial locations where they engaged in various types of physical activity and where they received other park benefits-environmental, social, and psychological health benefits. Using an urban park typology, we found that different urban park types provide different opportunities for physical activity with linear parks providing the greatest overall physical benefit while other park types provided important non-physical community benefits. Distance to park was not a significant predictor of physical activity but park size was correlated with physical activity and other park benefits. We discuss the strengths and limitations of using PPGIS methods for understanding the benefits of urban park systems.
Keyword Benefits
Participatory GIS
Physical activity
Urban parks
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Institutional Status UQ

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