Active Public Open Space as a Diminishing Resource Under Threat From New Planning Policies

Refereed Journal Article


Active Open Space


Assoc. Prof. Garry Middle



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Australian Parks and Leisure

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Public open spaces (POS) in our cities cater for a range of uses, including conservation, active sport and passive recreation, and provide a range of benefits for city dwellers, including physical and health benefits, increased social interactions and increase property values. Sporting fields have been one of the prime uses of public open space, but in recent years three changes in planning policy have put pressure on the supply of these playing fields. The first is the call from the community for increased protection of bushland in urban areas. The second has been the introduction of water sensitive urban design (WSUD), which requires that stormwater is treated on-site rather than through direct discharge to other water bodies. This inevitably requires that more public space be set aside to allow for this treatment.

How to cite:

Middle, Garry. Public open space as a diminishing resource under threat from new planning policies [online]. Australasian Parks and Leisure, Vol. 15, No. 2, Winter 2012: 28-29.