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If You Build It Will They Come? Does Involving Community Groups in Playground Renovations Affect Park Utilization and Physical Activity?

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posted on 08.12.2016 by Slater S, Pugach O, Lin W, Bontu A
In a sample of racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse neighborhoods, using a quasiexperimental, prospective, longitudinal study design, we examined whether involvement of community groups in playground design selection, installation, and ongoing maintenance influences park utilization and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) post-playground renovations (N=78 matched parks, 39 intervention/39 control). Parks were matched on size, proximity, neighborhood SES, and race/ethnicity. In summer/fall 2013 and 2014 baseline and 12-month follow up data were collected on park utilization and PA, presence and condition of park features, incivilities, programming, and safety. Analyses were conducted using Poisson mixed-effects regression models. Significant increases between baseline and 12-month follow up were found for park utilization and the number of people engaged in MVPA at the 0.05 significance level. Study results can provide communities with evidence to inform future policy decisions on how to increase park utilization in diverse neighborhoods.

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This work is conducted by the Illinois Prevention Research Center and was supported by grants from UIC’s Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement and the cooperative agreement No. U48- DP005010 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and administered by the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in Slater, S., Pugach, O., Lin, W. and Bontu, A. If You Build It Will They Come? Does Involving Community Groups in Playground Renovations Affect Park Utilization and Physical Activity? Environment and Behavior. 2016. 48(1): 246-265. doi: 10.1177/0013916515614368.

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Sage Publications

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en_US

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0013-9165

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01/01/2016

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