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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Safety in Park

Design for safety

Parks need to feel safe for people to use them. Research shows that perception of safety can be more significant in influencing human behaviour than actual crime statistics. If citizens perceive a park as unsafe, they might not make use of it at all.Parks and Recreation sources give communities a vital identity.  Well-maintained, accessible parks and recreation facilities are key elements of strong, safe, family-friendly communities.


Parks need to feel safe for people to use them. Research shows that perception of safety can be more significant in influencing human behavior than actual crime statistics. If citizens perceive a park as unsafe, they might not make use of it at all.There are a number of features that contribute to whether or not a park feels safe. Elements in the physical design of a park, such as an open and welcoming entry, good visibility (sight lines), and appropriate lighting and signage can all make a difference. Regular park maintenance, as well as programming and community involvement can also contribute to a feeling of safety.the provision of parks, open spaces and protected natural environment, recreation can contribute to the environmental health of our communities.Trail and pathway systems save energy and protect air quality by encouraging non-motorized transportation.

Cause of less safety parks

  • Poor lighting

  • Confusing layout

  • Physical and aural isolation

  • Poor visibility

  • No access to help

  • Areas of concealment

  • Poor maintenance

  • Vandalism