Survey reveals level of parks usage and reasons for visits

Results of the survey by the Commons Communities & Local Government Committee found almost 90 per cent of respondents visit a park at least once a week, with almost half visiting two or three times weekly.

Almost 90 per cent had a "very positive" impression of parks' impact on well-being and the same proportion had that feeling about parks' affect on the community.

Some 60 per cent visit for one-to-two hours. Two-thirds walk to the park, a quarter drive and the rest bike. Some 70 per cent of walkers live within 10 minutes of a park, while 90 per cent of visitors take less than 20 minutes to reach one.

The July-September survey found the most popular uses for parks were to walk, for nature, to run, for peace, children, to meet friends, for organised exercise, community events, to use a cafe, to cycle, to picnic and for pets.

They found out about events through noticeboards, word of mouth, Facebook, local press and friends' websites, in that order.


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