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Association Between Park Characteristics and Park-Based Physical Activity Using Systematic Observation: Insights from Bangkok, Thailand

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Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
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International Health Policy Program, Ministry of Public Health, Bang Bua Thong, Nonthaburi 11000, Thailand
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Sustainability 2020, 12(6), 2559; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062559
Received: 14 February 2020 / Revised: 19 March 2020 / Accepted: 19 March 2020 / Published: 24 March 2020
Parks hold an essential role in promoting physical activity in urban areas. Studies have found that park characteristics such as park size, facilities, accessibility, and aesthetics are reported to have a positive association with increasing physical activity of the urban populations. However, the evidence in the context of Southeast Asian cities is still lacking, as most studies are from North America and Europe. The study explores the associations between park characteristics and park-based physical activity in Bangkok, Thailand. Ten major public parks were examined using the System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC). Descriptive analysis was used to understand the characteristics of park users and park-based physical activity. A bivariate logistic regression model was employed to determine the variables of park characteristics and of having moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA). We found that parks with bigger sizes and better access to public transport were associated with a higher likelihood of users having MVPA in the park. We also found that adding more facilities in the park, even if they are specifically aimed for physical activity, would not increase the likelihood of having MVPA. The findings from the study suggested that investing in better accessibility and physical quality of existing parks as well as improving equal opportunities for park use will be a more sensible option for promoting park-based physical activity in Bangkok, Thailand. View Full-Text
Keywords: public park; physical activity; leisure physical activity levels; urban landscape; public health public park; physical activity; leisure physical activity levels; urban landscape; public health
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Arifwidodo, S.D.; Chandrasiri, O. Association Between Park Characteristics and Park-Based Physical Activity Using Systematic Observation: Insights from Bangkok, Thailand. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2559.

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