Demographic Characteristics and Physical Activity Behavior of Park-Visitors Versus Non-Visitors

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Exercise Science


To examine physical activity (PA) behaviors among park visitors versus non-visitors by select demographic variables of a large city park. A sample of 251 respondents participated in a random digit dial survey. PA was measured using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) PA module. The majority of respondents reported meeting PA recommendations (70.5 %) and being park visitors (60.2 %). A greater proportion of adults were park visitors (65.6 %) compared to the proportion of older adults who were park visitors (49.2 %). All persons who identified as being a race other than white and reported meeting the national PA recommendations through vigorous PA were park visitors. Environmental interventions that increase the availability of city parks may impact PA behavior among racial minority groups. There is also an opportunity to promote park usage among older adults.


Originally published:

Reed, Julian, Price, Anna. "Demographic Characteristics and Physical Activity Behavior of Park-Visitors Versus Non-Visitors." Journal of Community Health 37.6 (2012): 1264-1268.

DOI: 10.1007/s10900-012-9565-9