Examination of public parks for physical activity by their location size and facilities

2011-07-01
Müftüler, Mine
Yapar, Ahmet
İrez, Gökhan
İnce, Mustafa Levent
The purpose of this study was to examine park users’ Physical Activity (PA) participation in three different public parks with identical differences in location, size and facilities in Ankara, Turkey. System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities – SOPARC (McKenzie et al., 2006) was used for data collection. The results indicated significant differences in use of parks for PA (p<0.05). Most frequently used park for PA participation was in a centralized location with a larger park and activity areas. Park users for PA were mainly adults (67.5%). Most preferred activity was walking (80.6%). People used the parks for PA more on Tuesday (18.1%) and in the evening (41.3%) time period. These findings indicated that location, size and facilities in a park are important for PA participation. Municipalities should organize the parks according to the parks users’ preferences and needs
Citation Formats
M. Müftüler, A. Yapar, G. İrez, and M. L. İnce, “Examination of public parks for physical activity by their location size and facilities,” pp. 14–25, 2011, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/75589.