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Public Open Space: Green and Blue Spaces

Public Open Space: Green and Blue Spaces explored what makes Perth’s public open spaces particularly appealing and valued.

In interviews with the people that perhaps know their local area best – the Mayors of Perth’s Local Government Authorities – the research conducted by the Curtin Centre for Sport and Recreation Research and the Curtin Sustainability Policy Institute asked ‘what green or blue space in your neighbourhood is special to you?’, revealing the shared value of these places.

This pilot project formulated a way of examining why parks (not just iconic ones, or those highlighted in tourist brochures) are highly valued by visitors and residents. Rather than applying a prepared list of things that should make a park or beach appealing, this approach allowed the user, the local, to inscribe their own values and interest in the space.

The ingredients for a particularly special outdoor space must incorporate large and aesthetically stunning spaces that offer opportunities for interaction with nature, historical connections, cater for diversity of uses and users across generations and cultures (with children being particularly important), the commemoration of important civic, memorial and large community events, and opportunities for solitude and interaction.

The project has impacted our in-depth and personalised understanding of our everyday outdoor spaces, highlighting the importance of multiple spaces, over time, as integral to how a green or blue space’s experience is valued.

Principal Areas of Enquiry:

Structural Adjustments and Changing Demographics

Lead Researchers:

Dr Tod Jones - Department of Planning and Geography, Curtin University
Professor Marian Tye - Centre for Sport and Recreation Research

Research Team:

Kathryn Locke

Industry Collaborators

Mayors of Perth's Local Government Authorities

Project Collection


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