Factors affecting the productivity of urban parks
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Res. Pap. NE-630. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 7 p.
The park system of two Massachusetts cities-Holyoke (pop. 44,819) and Fitchburg (pop. 39,332)-produced an estimated 605,608 visitor-hours of use during the summer of 1979. The average park produced 7,877 visitor-hours in Holyoke and 9,624 in Fitchburg, though use varied widely. Contrary to original expectations, neighborhood characteristics had little influence on use levels. Rather, park characteristics, particularly activities and amenities, had a significant effect on use.
Keywordsurban parks; attendance; park planning; park design
More, Thomas A. 1990. Factors affecting the productivity of urban parks. Res. Pap. NE-630. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 7 p. https://doi.org/10.2737/NE-RP-630.