(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Promoting Youth’s Physical Activity through Park Design: Linking Theory and Practice in a Public Health Perspective

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

Gardsjord H. S. (1) ; Tveit M. S. (1) ; Nordh H. (1) ;
(1) Department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning (ILP), Norwegian University of Life Sciences


Young people are increasingly prone to physical inactivity, which may have severe negative effects on their health in adulthood. The aim of this literature review was to identify components and characteristics of parks that have an effect on youth physical activity, and to discuss how these findings can be applied in park design. The results show that access to green space is the most frequently reported predictor of park use among youth. The review identified a range of characteristics and components of urban green spaces important to youth physical activity. These include sports fields/facilities for movement, walkways and paths, shadow and shelter, trees, water elements, maintenance, renovation, form and size, openness, naturalness and safety. The study identifies some shortcomings in the currently available literature on the topic. Studies investigating the importance of specific park components and characteristics are few, and youth is an understudied age group.

L'accessibilité aux espaces verts est le prédicteur le plus fréquemment mentionné de la fréquentation des parcs chez les jeunes. On identifie une gamme de caractéristiques et les composants des espaces verts urbains importants pour l'activité physique des jeunes. L'étude identifie quelques insuffisances dans la littérature actuellement disponible sur le sujet. Les études examinant l'importance des attributs des parcs sont peu nombreuses et la jeunesse est une tranche d'âge sous-étudiée


Article of periodic

published at : Landscape research / ISSN 1469-9710

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1976)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 39, no1 [pp. 70-81]
Published in 20140102

Bibliographic references : 39



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : 10.1080/01426397.2013.793764

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