Activity-Based Parks Typology: A Strategy for Addressing the Parks and Recreation Needs of Residents in an Urban Environment
Perez-Carro, Carlos F.
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Park systems across the United States have historically been organized and planned around a typology of parks. Underlying this traditional parks typology is a land intensive approach to providing parks and recreation services. While this approach may be helpful in planning and expanding parks systems in areas where land is inexpensive and readily available, it is not as useful in urban areas where land is at a premium and typically very costly. This research paper explores the use of an ‘activity-based’ parks typology to plan for parks and recreation services. Specifically, this research paper answers the questions of what is an activity-based parks typology? What does an activity-based park typology mean for how cities and Parks and Recreation Departments plan and deliver parks and recreation services? What are the spatial requirements of an activity-based parks typology? What are potential planning and design implications of an activity-based parks typology?