Girls and old people lose their entertainment in the park.


Girls and old people lose their entertainment in the park.
A study has found that teenage boys and boys are more likely to use city parks, perhaps because the facilities cater to their interests.
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Before I had any children, I only occasionally stepped into many nearby parks. Now, I spend a lot of time on them, and I can tell you about every swing, picnic table and two miles of unshaded grass. It is also the location and cleanliness quotient of each park toilet.
A study released on Wednesday found that my relationship with their own park is part of a larger trend: mainly for young people, the city park attraction for adults, especially the elderly are much lower. This leaves a great opportunity to use the park as a way to increase physical activity.
“You would think that old people would retire, have more time to” go to the park, but “they did not use the park very much,” landau Cohen is RAND, a senior natural scientist, the study is published in the American journal of preventive medicine.
Even if they are 20 percent of the population, adults 60 and older make up only 4 percent of park visitors.
Although the park’s potential health benefits have been catalogued, there are fewer studies describing the country’s park infrastructure. Rand’s researchers want to understand the current realities of cities with a population of more than 100, 000. They will, therefore, data collectors are sent to the 25 major cities in the 174 park, asking them to within one week in the spring or summer of 2014 typical describe facilities and conditions and the user population statistics.
Of course, the park is different, from the neighborhood to the neighborhood. But from the survey sample, almost all of them have lawns and recreation areas. About half of them have outdoor basketball courts and baseball fields. But only 29 percent of people have a walking cycle, compared with only a single number of parks with dedicated sports or fitness zones.
The basketball court and swing is more suitable for children and adolescents, therefore 38% of park users are children and 13% of teens is not surprising, although the population which the U.S. population is 20% and 7% respectively.
By sex, children spend 60 percent of their time in parks. Among teenagers, the figure is 68 percent.
Cohen says the gap may be due to more participation in park team sports such as men’s t-ball and basketball. Overall, 57% of park users are male.
There are also differences in the use of neighborhood income, with parks in high-poverty areas being used less often than poor ones, though facilities are similar.
The researchers say the park represents an efficient, low-cost way to improve public health. “If you give people convenient, safe where you enter the park, they can do sports, they are more likely to do so,” said epidemiological rose bronson, a professor at Washington university in st. Louis. Parks can also provide mental health benefits by exposing people to nature.
So how do you attract more users? Provide more facilities for the elderly and all age groups. , for instance, the locals in the playground and increase walking around the stadium, the intergenerational use increasingly promote the park, so parents can exercise at the same time pay attention to their own children, recreation, parks and tourist professor Andrew said. Management at Penn state.
The study found that more supervised activities, such as class or organized sports, and more marketing activities through the banners and flags, moderate to severe movement in the park with the number of hours. It’s important to target the popularity of a given community, bronson says. “If it’s football, animals, hunting and fishing, beautiful scenery,” he says, park managers need to adjust their plans and outreach.


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