Intersecting public health and public space: an analysis of two fitness parks in Louisville, Kentucky

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dc.contributor.author Winslow, Jane Futrell
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-30T20:16:33Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-30T20:16:33Z
dc.date.issued 2010-07-30T20:16:33Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/4330
dc.description.abstract Complex issues and exciting opportunities lie at the intersection of public health and park design. One component of the recently emerging field of design for active living explores the relationship between design and physical activity as part of a transdisciplinary area of study. This study provides the opportunity to view the design strategies that landscape architects have used to design parks through a lens of promoting physical activity. The purpose of this study is to understand design strategies incorporated in two fitness parks in Louisville, Kentucky assist in meeting public health goals for the citizens of Louisville. Two topical areas were explored: the physical design strategies used in the parks; and the collaborative efforts among stakeholders to further the public health agenda for promoting physical activity in the parks. A case study of two community scale fitness parks profiled the characteristics and design philosophies engaged in park development. The methodology, based on qualitative procedures incorporated three types of investigation: 1) collection of background data and documentation of Louisville’s parks and Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement; 2) interviews with key stakeholders from public agencies, private non-profit foundations, and selected consultants who have completed parks design work in Louisville; and 3) a case study analysis of two of the fitness parks in the city, based on the background data and input from subject interviews, and an identification of physical design strategies in each park. Identification of design strategies was based on a conceptual framework developed from the disciplines of public health promotion and landscape architecture, and input from local agency stakeholders. A physical activity design strategy inventory form was developed to aid in analysis. Anticipated results were two-fold: 1. Presentation of information to assist landscape architects in designing parks that intentionally provide engaging opportunities for physical activity; and 2. Contribution to the dialogue between landscape architects and public health professionals, informing collaboration on design projects and community programs. Findings revealed that the two parks studied incorporated several physical design strategies that promote physical activity, reflecting the mature park culture in Louisville, Kentucky, home to one of five designed Olmsted Parks and Parkways systems in the United States. The physical activity design strategy inventory form developed in this study as an audit tool warrants additional study as a potential audit and design tool to engage landscape architects designing for physical activity and informing others of ways that park design can play a role in physical activity. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Landscape architecture en_US
dc.subject Public health en_US
dc.subject Physical activity en_US
dc.subject Transdisciplinary study en_US
dc.subject Design en_US
dc.subject Urban planning en_US
dc.title Intersecting public health and public space: an analysis of two fitness parks in Louisville, Kentucky en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning en_US
dc.description.advisor Stephanie A. Rolley en_US
dc.subject.umi Health Sciences, Public Health (0573) en_US
dc.subject.umi Landscape Architecture (0390) en_US
dc.subject.umi Recreation (0814) en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth August en_US


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