Public Perception of Parks and Recreation
Public parks and recreation services could be considered as an accessible and affordable choice for local residents as they are pursuing active and healthy lifestyles. The purpose of this study is to identify perceptions of benefits from parks and recreation services using Importance-Performance Analysis (IPA). Using convenience sampling through email invitations and social media, a total of 1,212 self-identified South Dakota residents were included in this study. Using paired t-tests to identify differences between importance and performance, the results indicated the public desire more physical and mental health related services from parks and recreation than they have received. The results can assist parks and recreation providers in prioritizing resource allocations and could aid in decision- making processes to maximize the benefits of health and quality of life.
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism in Public Health
DOI of Published Version
Liu, Hung-Ling (Stella); Mehlhaf, Jason L.; and Gray, Joe, "Public Perception of Parks and Recreation" (2019). Health and Nutritional Sciences Faculty Publications. 408.