Journal article

A natural experiment to examine the impact of park renewal on park-use and park-based physical activity in a disadvantaged neighbourhood: the REVAMP study methods

Jenny Veitch, Jo Salmon, Alison Carver, Anna Timperio, David Crawford, Elly Fletcher, Billie Giles-Corti

BMC Public Health | BMC | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Modifying the built environment by improving parks is potentially a sustainable way to increase population level physical activity. Despite considerable investment in parks and park renovations, few natural experiments on the impact of improving amenities on park use and park-based physical activity have been conducted. REVAMP is a natural experiment that aims to examine whether park improvement increases overall park usage, park-based physical activity and active travel to and from the park in the intervention compared with the control park over a two-year period; and to identify which specific aspects of the park refurbishment attracts park visitors and encourages park users to..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Linkage


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellowships


Awarded by Future Leader Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This project is funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (LP120200396) and includes four partners: Parks Victoria, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Brimbank City Council and City West Water. JV is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (ID 1053426). JS and BGC are supported by National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellowships (IDs 1026216 and 100490 respectively). AT is supported by a Future Leader Fellowship (ID 100046) from the National Heart Foundation of Australia.