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1 Encouraging Park Use David Vial & Michelle Prior Integrated Open Space Services - IOSS

2 Objectives 1. Examine Current Use of Parks 2. Why Encourage Park Use 3. Survey Results 4. Encouraging Park Use 5. Workshop

3 Wealth of Park Diversity Townsville as an example National Parks – Magnetic Island Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Wetlands - Town Common Foreshore Parks – Soroptomist Park Linear Parks & Cycleways - Ross River Parklands Local Parks – Sherrif Park Sport Parks Traditional Gardens – Queens Park Botanic Gardens - Palmetum Iconic Parks - The Strand

4 Factors Affecting Park Use Weather & climate Aspect Location Higher density areas wider range of hours of use

5 Factors Affecting Park Use Accessibility Distance Cost & future availability of fuel Mode of transport Physical barriers Busy roads, waterways, railway lines Park amenity, features & facilities

6 Factors Affecting Park Use Events Day of the week Weekends / holidays Time of day Early morning / late afternoon Exercising, commuting Mid morning Preschooler play Middle of the day Picnics, lunchbreaks Evening

7 Factors Affecting Park Use Level of maintenance Time availability Life cycle Promotion of parks Other competing leisure activities

8 Age & Gender of Park Users Comparison of Park User Profiles to General Population – Age & Gender Sources: Benchmark Park User Satisfaction Survey Program (n=17,220), 2006 Census Age % Female Park Users % Female General Pop. % Male Park Users % Male General Pop. % Overall Park Users % Overall General Pop %5% %5% 4%5% %15%17%16%17%16% %17%22%17%26%17% %17%20%18%21%17% %15%13%15%13%15% %10%11%10% > 70 4%16%6%13%5%15%

9 Predominant Activities Undertaken in Parks Age & Gender Source: Benchmark Park User Satisfaction Survey Program (n=17,220)

10 Activity F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F >70 M >70 Walking / Moving around XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX P/G / Children Supervision XXXXXXXXXXXX Dog Exercise/Recreation XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Picnicking / BBQ XXXXXXXXXXXXXX Relaxing XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Enjoy Outdoors/Nature XXXXXXXXXXXX Spectating Sport XXXXXX Socialising XXXXX Meal/Refreshment Break XXXXXX Playing/Training Sport XXXX Cycling XXX Playing Social/Ball Games XX Skateboarding X BMX / Stunt Bike Riding X

11 Why Encourage Park Use? Historical Perspective Park Evolution since 1 st Millennium BC Place for Public Pleasure 19 th Century Promenading, Fresh Air, Recreation 20 th Century Accessible Playgrounds, Sportsfields, Picnic Facilities Late 20 th – 21 st Centuries Wide Diversity of Accessible Settings, Placemaking Initiatives, Multi-disciplinary Planning & Management Ongoing Evolution of Park Use will Continue

12 Why Encourage Park Use? Return on Investment Land Allocation Local, State and Federal level Financial Investment Human resources Asset value Development & maintenance expenditure

13 Why Encourage Park Use? Community Health / Wellbeing Physical Mental Spiritual Social Cultural

14 The Flipside Use conflicts Overuse Inadequate land capacity to meet future demand Effects of climate change Sustainable resource use Available funds

15 Encourage Park Use Survey Source: 2005/6 Benchmark Park User Satisfaction Survey Program Survey conducted in 2005/06 48 Government Authorities 7,511 park users interviewed 591 Parks SE, central & Nth Qld; Sydney Region, Melbourne Region, Perth Region Mainly coastal population centres

16 Encourage Park Use Survey Park Category Breakdown Source: 2005/6 Benchmark Park User Satisfaction Survey Program Park CategoriesActive Active / Passive Botanical Gardens ConservationPassiveTotal Iconic Regional ,0243,302 District 1, ,827 Local / District ,7112,026 Local Total 1,2921, ,2297,511

17 Encourage Park Use Survey Responses: Factors that will encourage more use of parks Source: 2005/06 Benchmark Park User Satisfaction Survey Program n=1,500 ItemDescription General Park FacilitiesSeats, tables, picnic facilities, taps, drinking fountains etc Park Design / Environment Appearance, atmosphere, attractive design/layout, inviting, size, water features Good MaintenanceClean, tidy, well maintained parks; clean facilities & toilets Children's Playgrounds Age specific design, good quality, upgraded, challenging, educational Dog FacilitiesDog friendly parks, off-leash areas, dog facilities Shade & ShelterNatural shade, constructed shelters Soft Landscape Greenery, shrubs, trees, flowers, green grass, good irrigation SafetySafe parks, safe facilities, personal security AccessAccessibility, proximity to home, convenience, car parking Events & EntertainmentFestivals, community events, planting days etc Recreational Opportunities Skateparks, BMX parks, basketball courts, open areas for ball games, diversity of activities

18 Encourage Park Use Survey Responses: Factors that will encourage more use of parks Source: 2005/06 Benchmark Park User Satisfaction Survey Program n=1,500 ItemDescription Paths Walking paths & trails, cycle paths, rollerblade paths, jogging tracks Aspect / LocationScenic views, pleasant surrounds, near water, beaches Amenity BlocksGood toilets SportSport facilities, sport competitions User Management Reducing/eliminating anti-social behaviour, policing dog owners Children's ActivitiesAreas for children to play, childrens activities Natural Areas & WildlifeBushland, being close to nature, areas for native fauna FencesDog enclosure fences, fenced playgrounds, safety fences Food & Beverage FacilitiesCafes, kiosks, restaurants LightsExtended hours of use, security Park Promotion & Publicity Advertising, internet promotion, awareness raising, direction signage to park

19 Encourage Park Use Survey Responses: Factors that will encourage more use of parks Source: 2005/06 Benchmark Park User Satisfaction Survey Program n=1,500 ItemDescription Aquatic RecreationSwimming enclosures, water play ExerciseExercise equipment, health, personal fitness Disabled FacilitiesRamps, access for all facilities MiscellaneousMore time, better weather No Encouragement Current high user of parks / nothing would encourage / no opinion

20 Encourage Park Use Survey Encouragement Categories by Age & Gender Source: 2005/06 Benchmark Park User Satisfaction Survey Program n=1,500

21 Encouragement Category F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F >70 M >70 General Park FacilitiesXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Park Design/Environ.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Good MaintenanceXXXXXXXXXXXX Children's PlaygroundsXXXXXXXXX Dog FacilitiesXXXXXXXXXX Shade & ShelterXXXXXXXXXX Soft LandscapeXXXXXXXX SafetyXXXXXXX AccessXXXXXXXXX Events & EntertainmentXXXXX Rec. OpportunitiesXXXXX Sport XXX Paths XX Aspect / Location XXX Childrens Activities X User Management X

22 Encouraging Park Use More people visiting parks expressed as a % of the total population? Increased length of stay in the parks? Increased frequency of use of parks? Increased variety of activities undertaken in parks? Better outcomes for fringe / cultural groups?

23 Encouraging Park Use Type of Parkland Passive, Active, Conservation, Iconic, Regional, District, Local, Linear, Foreshore, Scenic Range of User Groups – Differing Requirements Age, Gender, Activity, Cultural etc Range of Parkland Features/Facilities Parkland Amenity; Paths, Picnics, Playgrounds etc Match Parkland Settings & Features/Facilities to Targeted User Requirements Requires good local information from which to make decisions

24 Workshop / Forum


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