Fostering Social Sustainability through Intergenerational Engagement in Australian Neighborhood Parks
1.1. Social Sustainability
1.2. Encouraging Socialization and Physical Activity through Public Parks
1.5. Aims and Objectives
2. Materials and Methods
2.4. Data Treatment
3.1. What Intergenerational Interactions Occur in the Park?
“We play together. We always play with her. We can’t let her just run off by herself. She’s a bit young.”(R405; Girl 0–5 years)
“Play together, I don’t really get to sit and supervise. We’ve got a few more years before that.”(R380; Boy 0–5 years, Girl 0–5years)
“I think one of the best things in the park is like developing their social skills, so they will meet with other kids and they learn to share toys and play together.”(R414)
“I’ve probably been more like trying to instruct him to be careful and sort of watching out for little kids, more than anything else.”(R386)
3.2. What Park Areas Are Being Utilized?
“The main thing is if you’ve got different variety of different types of play equipment because I know that we’ve taken them to playground parks before when there’s only been two or three different things to play on. He gets bored in half an hour, whereas here he’s quite content just roaming around, different activities, different swings, climbing apparatus, and different colors is always a good thing as well.”(R351)
3.2.2. Open Fields
“Well, they’re wide, and they’re fairly recently done, so there’s no tripping traps… Yeah, it’s very evenly—it’s all very nicely done, very smooth walking.”(R274, Age Category: 70 to 74 years)
“Well, you’ve got a path to follow, and at this stage, it’s kept up. […] There’s not many things you can slip over on. It’s pretty safe. When you get a bit older, you need to have something that’s—and they’re wide.”(R253, Age Category: 65 to 69 years)
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Washington, T.L.; Flanders Cushing, D.; Mackenzie, J.; Buys, L.; Trost, S. Fostering Social Sustainability through Intergenerational Engagement in Australian Neighborhood Parks. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4435. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164435
Washington TL, Flanders Cushing D, Mackenzie J, Buys L, Trost S. Fostering Social Sustainability through Intergenerational Engagement in Australian Neighborhood Parks. Sustainability. 2019; 11(16):4435. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164435Chicago/Turabian Style
Washington, Tracy L., Debra Flanders Cushing, Janelle Mackenzie, Laurie Buys, and Stewart Trost. 2019. "Fostering Social Sustainability through Intergenerational Engagement in Australian Neighborhood Parks" Sustainability 11, no. 16: 4435. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164435