Active Open Space

Active Open Space started as a study into the emerging constraints for the strategic planning for Public Open Space (POS) in the Perth metropolitan area. Based on the methodology developed this project has expanded to be a key area of research for the Centre for Sport and Recreation Research.

The body of work undertaken provided impetus and had a major impact on the issues associated with the planning, design and management of POS. Importantly a credible body of evidence regarding the shortfall in POS provision was established.

By quantifying areas of concern with substantial evidence, the action-research approach established the foundation for investigating POS issues through a shared understanding across disciplines and across key agencies, peak bodies and industry experts.

The study underpinned the establishment of successful collaborative relationships between Industry Partners [link to “Partners” page] including (but not limited to) Outer Growth Regional Councils, local government, state government, sport and recreation organisations.

As a result, key industry stakeholders and government now actively seek solutions to overcome road blocks, and planning for active open space is embedded in the Western Australian Liveable Neighbourhoods planning guidelines.

As an outcome, the Department of Sport and Recreation has been able to develop a suite of resources to assist in overcoming impediments to the delivery of quality POS for community sport and recreation.

Principal Areas of Enquiry:

Urban and Regional Planning

Secondary Areas of Enquiry:

Climate Change and Water
Management and Technology
Structural Adjustments and Changing Demographics

Lead Researchers:

Assoc. Prof. Garry Middle - Centre for Sport and Recreation Research
Professor Marian Tye - Centre for Sport and Recreation Research

Research Team:

Dr Dianne Costello, Professor Dave Hedgcock, Dr Isaac Middle

Primary Research Items:

Active Open Space (Playing Fields) in a Growing Perth-Peel: Implications of Bush Forever, Water Sensitive Urban Design and Liveable Neighbourhoods for Active Sporting Recreation
Research Summary
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
Unintended Socioeconomic Consequences of Reduced Supply of Active Open Spaces in the Perth Outer Metropolitan Growth Areas: A Review of Informing Literature
Research Report

Industry Collaborators

Local governments of: Armadale, Cambridge, Cockburn, Cottesloe, Gosnells, Joondalup, Kwinana, Mandurah, Melville, Mosman Park, Murray, Nedlands, Rockingham, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Stirling, Swan, and Wanneroo.

Parks and Leisure Australia (WA).

Industry Partners

Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR)

Project Collection


Planning for Urban Open Space: Reflections and Challenges

Shortage of Ovals is a Worry for Kids’ Sports

Wanted: 23 New Ovals for Kids.

Out of Bounds

Fields of Thought Over Future of Sporting Ovals

Sports Ovals in Short Supply

Planning for Organized Sport in the Fringe Suburbs of Australian Cities: A Case Study of Perth

Unintended Socioeconomic Consequences of Reduced Supply of Active Open Spaces in the Perth Outer Metropolitan Growth Areas: A Review of Informing Literature

Photos of Public Open Spaces in the City of Swan

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

Active Open Space (Playing Fields) in a Growing Perth-Peel: Implications of Bush Forever, Water Sensitive Urban Design and Liveable Neighbourhoods for Active Sporting Recreation

Stories From Partnership Research: Active Open Space Research and Additional Findings

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