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:
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).
Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR)
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
Active Open Space (Playing Fields) in a Growing Perth-Peel
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
Refereed Journal Article
Stories From Partnership Research: Active Open Space Research and Additional Findings