Report How cities can get the most out of their parks

    by RAND Corporation
    Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:03 GMT

With the skyline of New York behind them, girls play a game of softball in a park in Weehawken, New Jersey, June 4, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

Living near a city park is no guarantee that people will use it, according to a new study of neighbourhood parks in the United States.

Parks without amenities and signage are less likely to be used by residents, while green spaces with organised sports, walking paths and toilets are far more popular. 

Researchers from the RAND Corporation, City Parks Alliance and the Trust for Public Land examined 175 parks in 25 US cities over a two-year period.

Based on their findings, they recommend cities use marketing and signage to increase awareness of amenities, events and activities in their parks. 

Increased physical activity is crucial for maintaining public health, and maximising the use of public parks should be a major concern of cities across the world.

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