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Evaluating Park Use and Satisfaction: The Case of Trojan Park in St. Louis Missouri

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Program in Physical Therapy, School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, 4444 Forest Park Ave, Campus Box 8502, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA
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Department of Pathology and Immunology, School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA
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Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA
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Department of Biology, School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, 1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA
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Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA
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Center for Diabetes Translation Research, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA
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Prevention Research Center in St. Louis, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, 1 Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1196, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA
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Department of Surgery (Division of Public Health Sciences) and Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(15), 2798; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16152798
Received: 17 May 2019 / Revised: 25 July 2019 / Accepted: 1 August 2019 / Published: 6 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Global Health)
Background: Providing public access to exercise and play is vital for health promotion across populations. We evaluated the use of and satisfaction at Trojan Park, a multigenerational playground with multiple activity areas and fitness zones in the city of Wellston in St. Louis County, MO. Methods: We used video footage and the System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC), which is a valid and reliable system for collecting data on physical activity in parks. We then performed intercept interviews to gather user information and measure overall satisfaction with the park. Results: The park received a variety of attendees across age groups, with children and middle-aged adults representing 41.1% and 50.3% of total park users, respectively. During the time observed, 47% of attendees were engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA), 22% were engaged in light physical activity (walking), and 30% were sedentary. We also observed participants spending the most time on the basketball court (38%), playground (28%), and picnic (17%) areas. Park users traveled a wide range of distances to access the park and the overwhelming majority reported a high level of satisfaction. Conclusions: Our findings demonstrate that multigenerational playgrounds with access to various activities and fitness zones may provide social and physical health benefits. View Full-Text
Keywords: parks; fitness zones; SOPARC; physical activity; multigenerational playground parks; fitness zones; SOPARC; physical activity; multigenerational playground
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Parra, D.C.; Van Zandt, A.; Wang, P.; Goodman, M.; Abhishek, J.; Haire-Joshu, D.; Brownson, R.C. Evaluating Park Use and Satisfaction: The Case of Trojan Park in St. Louis Missouri. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2798. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16152798

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Parra DC, Van Zandt A, Wang P, Goodman M, Abhishek J, Haire-Joshu D, Brownson RC. Evaluating Park Use and Satisfaction: The Case of Trojan Park in St. Louis Missouri. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(15):2798. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16152798

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Parra, Diana C., Alexandria Van Zandt, Peter Wang, Micah Goodman, Janardan Abhishek, Debra Haire-Joshu, and Ross C. Brownson 2019. "Evaluating Park Use and Satisfaction: The Case of Trojan Park in St. Louis Missouri" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 15: 2798. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16152798

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