Local and neighbourhood parks within suburban areas in SE Queensland are often non-stimulating and boring, lacking challenging and appealing equipment for all ages and do not meet the needs of the community. In addition, physical inactivity remains the greatest public health problem of the 21st century. Therefore, this project will reconceptualise suburban parks as exciting spaces that inspire all ages to be physically active, while building social connections across generations.
Over three-years, this project aims to advance the emerging field connecting environmental design with health, and promote evidence-based design. Using a transdisciplinary approach, the team will observe existing park use within 12 parks in the Moreton Bay Region; investigate barriers to park use and physical activity; and formulate novel, evidence-based Design Guidelines for Active Intergenerational Parks that specify innovative salutogenic design principles and suggest cost effective park features that can be used by local governments and park designers across Australia.
Funding / Grants
- ARC Linkage (2017 - 2019)
- Associate Professor Debra Cushing
- Adjunct Professor Elinor Buys
- Dr Tracy Washington
- Professor Stewart Trost