Emerging Constraints for Public Open Space in Perth Metropolitan Suburbs: Implications of Bush Forever, Water Sensitive Urban Design and Liveable Neighbourhoods for Active Sporting Recreation

Research Summary

Project:

Active Open Space

Authors:

Assoc. Prof. Garry Middle, Professor Marian Tye, Dr Isaac Middle

Published:

2010

Published by:

Department of Sport and Recreation (WA)

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This study confirms the perceived decrease in the number and amount of active open space provided in growing Perth city following the implementation of three key policy initiatives: Bush Forever, Water Sensitive Urban Design and Liveable Neighbourhoods. These initial findings clearly indicate a marked drop in the percentage of residential area that is available for active recreation, as well as area of active open space per resident, in water and bush ‘constrained’ suburbs compared to middle suburbs. The urgency of this identified shortfall and its potentially far-reaching impacts for residents across identified vulnerable suburbs is explored further in two additional stages as part of the broader Active Open Space research project. The action-research approach adopted for this study established the foundation for investigating public open space issues aimed at developing a shared understanding across disciplines and across sectors (key agencies, peak bodies and industry experts) by quantifying areas of concern with substantiated evidence.

The final findings are published in the second major report: Active Open Space (Playing Fields) in a Growing Perth-Peel.

How to cite:

Middle, Garry, Tye, Marian, and Isaac Middle. Emerging Constraints for Public Open Space in Perth Metropolitan Suburbs: Implications of Bush Forever, Water Sensitive Urban Design and Liveable Neighbourhoods for Active Sporting Recreation. A report for the Department of Sport and Recreation WA. Perth. September 2010.

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