Journal article

How active are people in metropolitan parks? An observational study of park visitation in Australia

Jenny Veitch, Alison Carver, Gavin Abbott, Billie Giles-Corti, Anna Timperio, Jo Salmon

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Parks are generally an under-utilized resource in the community with great potential to enhance levels of physical activity. If parks are to attract more visitors across a broad cross-section of the population and facilitate increased physical activity, research is needed to better understand park visitor characteristics and how visitors spend their time in parks. The Recording and EValuating Activity in a Modified Park (REVAMP) study is a natural experiment monitoring a park upgrade in a low socioeconomic status (SES) neighborhood. This study described the observed baseline characteristics of park visitors (age, sex) and characteristics of visitation (weekday or weekend day, per..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Linkage Grant


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellowships


Awarded by National Heart Foundation of Australia


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.