If You Build It, Will They Come? Community Use and Perceptions of “Active Parks”

Dr. Jennifer Copeland

To provide greater access to exercise facilities in communities, many municipalities have created
“active parks” with outdoor adult exercise equipment. These novel facilities provide free exercise
opportunities in a community-based setting, they are sustainable, and they may build community by increasing the use of parks. This presentation discusses the preliminary findings of a study that examined community use, awareness, and perceptions of two active parks in Lethbridge. The findings suggest that while the parks are perceived as beneficial to the community, they are underutilized. Enhancing motivation and education were identified as important strategies to increase use.

Presentation from the 2015 Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Parks Forum

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