Sunday, March 23, 2014
How often do people visit parks?
In this Utah town 47% of people visit parks once a year or less.
The assessment showed that more than 80 percent of Kalamazoo residents have visited a city park within the last year, compared to about 72 percent nationally.link
So nationally 28% of people only visit a park once a year or less. For seniors the figures may be even worse.
Philadelphia has the largest in-city park system in the world, which can serve as a tremendous resource for social interaction, relaxation and recreation. Yet 72% of older Philadelphians report they had not gone to a public recreation facility in the past year. link
A Rand Corporation study found that seniors seldom use Los Angeles parks.
Rand: Park Use and Physical Activity in a Sample of Public Parks in the City of Los Angeles
So the question is how to enhance our existing parks to make more people want to use them?