Project Title: Understanding how park characteristics, park users, perceptions of park safety, and park context affect park crime
Affiliated Faculty: Elizabeth Groff
Funding Agency: Temple University College of Liberal Arts
Description: Neighborhood parks in urban areas are public spaces that provide a variety of recreational and social opportunities for residents in a natural environment. At the same time, they can become staging areas for illegal and disorderly activities. This research refines the field data collection instrument used in 2008 and uses it to conduct on-site assessments at a sample of 120 parks in Philadelphia, PA. Park characteristics such as: (1) in-park activity generators and out of park activity generators; (2) signs of neighborhood involvement; (3) indicators of park security and (4) surrounding land use. This research will examine the relationship between physical characteristics and crime levels in high, medium and low crime parks.