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Place-Keeping for Health? Charting the Challenges for Urban Park Management in Practice

Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield, The Arts Tower, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
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Sustainability 2019, 11(16), 4383; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164383
Received: 26 June 2019 / Revised: 30 July 2019 / Accepted: 6 August 2019 / Published: 13 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Urban Landscape Design for Well-being)
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Abstract

There is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates the health and well-being benefits of urban green spaces. There is less evidence on the effect of the management of such spaces on our health and well-being. This paper attempts to address this gap in knowledge by calling on empirical evidence collected in the United Kingdom (UK) city of Sheffield. Interviews conducted with professionals and community groups involved in the management of six district parks are analysed using the place-keeping analytical framework. The results highlight the overriding importance of local and national policy regarding how they inform the availability of funding, which is increasingly dependent on partnerships, and governance arrangements to contribute to a park’s maintenance, which is monitored through evaluation. The findings show how policies without funding can jeopardise the effective management of parks and how the concept of making park management a statutory service might have more traction if we consider its contribution to people’s health. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban green space; park management; place-keeping; long-term management; health; well-being urban green space; park management; place-keeping; long-term management; health; well-being
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Nam, J.; Dempsey, N. Place-Keeping for Health? Charting the Challenges for Urban Park Management in Practice. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4383.

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