The importance of urban milieu in predicting recreation participation: The case of day hiking

Daniel R. Fesenmaier, Michael F. Goodchild, Stanley R. Lieber

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Abstract

Numerous outdoor recreation forecasting studies have included household characteristics as well as aspects of the recreation facilities and accessibility. Only a few studies, however, have included in the prediction equation any measure of the effects of urban milieu on behavior. Four commonly cited surrogates of urban milieu are used to cluster the cities of Illinois into three relatively homogeneous groups of environments. Regression analyses are then undertaken using individual household data, aspects of the recreation facilities patronized by the households, participation, and distance and travel time estimates. Comparisons of the regression analyses indicate that, as a concept, milieu is an important predictor of both the volume of recreation participation and salient features of recreation facilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-476
Number of pages18
JournalLeisure Sciences
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Day hiking
  • Disaggregate recreation behavior
  • Participation forecasting
  • Residential milieu
  • Urban classification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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