Influences on the use of urban green space - a case study in Odense, Denmark

Jasper Schipperijn, Ulrikka Stigsdotter, Thomas Randrup, Jens Troelsen

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Increasing the use of urban green space has appeared on the political agenda, primarily

because increased use is expected to improve the health and well-being of the urban population.

Green space is contributing to restoring mental fatigue, serving as a resource for physical activity,

reducing mortality and reducing the level of stress.

However, knowledge and experience on how to implement this agenda are scarce. In this paper,

we use a socio-ecological model as framework when studying influences on the use of

respondents' nearest urban green space in the Danish city of Odense. Data was obtained from a

survey sent to 2500 randomly selected adult residents within the central part of the city. We tested

the relative importance of different factors on the frequency of use of the nearest urban green

space by using a multivariate logistic regression model.

The results show that almost half of the respondents did not use their nearest green space the

most. Whether or not respondent used their nearest green space most depends primarily on area

size, distance to the area and factors that are likely to express a reduced mobility; old age, young

children and poor health.

If the nearest urban green space also is the most used green space, having a dog is the only factor

that significantly increases the frequency of use. Further research is needed to determine what it is

that makes people use an area more, if the basic conditions of a reasonable size (>5ha) within a

reasonable distance (<600m) are fulfilled.

TidsskriftUrban Forestry & Urban Greening
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)25-32
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - 2010