Unraveling visiting-activity patterns of heterogeneous communities for urban-park planning and design

Ling Chui HUI, Chi Yung JIM

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Abstract

Urban parks provide essential outdoor recreation space, especially for high-density cities. This study evaluated the park-visiting activity profiles of residents to inform the planning and design of community-relevant parks. The visiting and activity patterns of 465 Hong Kong adult residents were collected using a structured questionnaire. The correlations of visiting and activity patterns of the different socio-demographic groups were analyzed. Varying features of visiting and activity patterns were observed for different socio-demographic groups. Older patrons visited parks intensively for nature-enjoyment activities and had shorter travel if intended for social and physical-exercise activities. The middle-aged respondents with children mainly conducted family based recreation, visited parks more frequently, and traveled farther. The young adults reported lower patronage, but the visit frequency increased with the engagement level in outdoor and physical-exercise activities. The homemakers reported a high visit frequency and enthusiastic participation in social activities. They tended to visit more frequently and stay longer in parks for physical-exercise activities. Our study revealed the urban parks’ divergent patronage behavior and unique roles to disparate user groups. They furnished evidence to apply continually precision park planning, design, and promotion to achieve socially responsive and age-friendly parks. Copyright © 2022 by the authors.
Original languageEnglish
Article number841
JournalForests
Volume13
Issue number6
Early online date28 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

Citation

Hui, L.-C., & Jim, C.-Y. (2022). Unraveling visiting-activity patterns of heterogeneous communities for urban-park planning and design. Forests, 13(6). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/f13060841

Keywords

  • Urban park
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Visiting-activity profile
  • Socio-economic group
  • Park planning and design

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