Exploring Accessibility of Urban Parks Analyzing Students' Perceptions and Spatial Connectivity: A Case Study of Ames, Iowa

Park and green spaces generate meaningful and evocative places in an urban setup. A significant aspect of quality of life in urban areas is access to parklands. The physical and perceived accessibility of urban parks has been explored in different studies applying qualitative methods or empirical measurements. A limited number of studies have investigated the spatial connectivity and visitors' perceptions of urban parks collectively. Furthermore, the layer of emotion is one of the less considered aspects of urban parks, which has a significant influence on placemaking. Acknowledging this gap, this study utilized Geographical Information System (GIS) to perform network-based connectivity analysis of the parks of the City of Ames, Iowa and compared the results with the visitors' perception of access and emotional connection to park. The authors conducted a questionnaire survey of the students to evaluate their subjective opinions of the parks and identify the locations of their preferred parks. The results indicate the geographic areas where parks are the most accessible as well as the other physical and non-physical factors which are essential to developing the vision of the community in park planning.


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 19p

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  • Accession Number: 01763988
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-04445
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:17AM