Planning for Urban Open Space: Reflections and Challenges

Book Chapter

Project:

Active Open Space

Authors:

Professor Dave Hedgcock

Published:

2015

Published In:

Contemporary Issues in Australian Urban and Regional Planning, Taylor & Francis.

This chapter details a comprehensive outline of the diverse types and size of urban parks and gardens that form part of the history of open space provision in Australian cities, their motivations, characteristics and management. Contemporary challenges facing urban park systems are discussed, such as climate change, recreation politics and changing demographics, so as to better plan the future of urban public open space in Australia. The need to preserve environmental integrity, community inclusivity and diversity, multipurpose design and use of open space that meets the complex recreation needs emerging from contemporary communities is highlighted. These concerns, alongside the development of effective strategies for managing the costs associated with open space development, are key areas for consideration in future planning.

How to cite:

Hedgcock, Dave. 2015. “Planning for Urban Open Space: Reflections and Challenges.” In Contemporary Issues in Australian Urban and Regional Planning, edited by J. Brunner and J.Glasson, 251-269. London: Taylor & Francis Ltd