Why suburban parks offer an antidote to helicopter parenting

Not all parks are created equal, nor do they all attract local residents.

Why suburban parks offer an antidote to helicopter parenting

An article published in the Conversation as a part of  Associate Professor Debra Cushing’s Intergenerational Park Design for Active and Engaged Communities research project.

Dr. Cushing’s research combines her interest in healthy and supportive environments for children and youth with her understanding of effective community participation, creating sustainable and vibrant environments, and theory related to environmental psychology and placemaking. Her current research areas include:

          • children and youth participation in community design and planning to create child- and youth-friendly communities;
          • innovative intergenerational park design to encourage physical activity and social interaction;
          • the use of public art in public parks;
          • purposeful placemaking with young people; and
          • design pedagogy and immersive learning formats.