Assessment of trail use in a community park

Linda J. Neff, Barbara Ainsworth, Fran C. Wheeler, Sharon E. Krumwiede, Amanda J. Trepal

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to assess physical activity patterns on a walking trail in a community park. During a two-week period, 200 trail users were interviewed, and an infrared sensor was used to measure trail use. Most respondents (84%) reported participating in regular activity. The environment, park location, safety, pavement, presence of a mile marker, and the absence of motorists were cited as positive trail characteristics. Trail use was heaviest during weekdays in early morning and late afternoon. The presence of a trail within a community park may provide the environmental support needed to maintain suggested levels of physical activity to achieve positive health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-84
Number of pages9
JournalFamily and Community Health
Volume23
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Community
  • Community health promotion
  • Leisure activity
  • Physical activity
  • Recreation walking

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Neff, L. J., Ainsworth, B., Wheeler, F. C., Krumwiede, S. E., & Trepal, A. J. (2000). Assessment of trail use in a community park. Family and Community Health, 23(3), 76-84.

Assessment of trail use in a community park. / Neff, Linda J.; Ainsworth, Barbara; Wheeler, Fran C.; Krumwiede, Sharon E.; Trepal, Amanda J.

In: Family and Community Health, Vol. 23, No. 3, 10.2000, p. 76-84.

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Neff, LJ, Ainsworth, B, Wheeler, FC, Krumwiede, SE & Trepal, AJ 2000, 'Assessment of trail use in a community park', Family and Community Health, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 76-84.
Neff LJ, Ainsworth B, Wheeler FC, Krumwiede SE, Trepal AJ. Assessment of trail use in a community park. Family and Community Health. 2000 Oct;23(3):76-84.
Neff, Linda J. ; Ainsworth, Barbara ; Wheeler, Fran C. ; Krumwiede, Sharon E. ; Trepal, Amanda J. / Assessment of trail use in a community park. In: Family and Community Health. 2000 ; Vol. 23, No. 3. pp. 76-84.
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