Entertainment culture and well being in recreational green space

Seeland, K. & R. Woehr, 2005, Entertainment culture and well being in recreational green space, in: Gallis, C.T., ‘Forests, trees, and human health and well-being’, Siokis, Thessaloniki

  • Author : Seeland, K. & R. Woehr
  • Year : 2005
  • Published in Book : Forests, trees, and human health and well-being
  • Pages : 125-137
  • Abstract in English : An empirical survey among 145 visitors of an arboretum on the Isle of Mainau in the Lake of Constance (Germany) analyzed the potential of small life music performances in recreation green spaces in 2002. Its purpose was to define whether this kind of entertainment culture is welcome, accepted or disliked by what kind of visitors. The leading research question was whether cultural services can contribute to such an upgrading at all and if so, what kind of services are received well and are their others that might not matter at all or are even disliked in this context. The perception and acceptance of entertaining events in the arboretum was remarkably positive with an average of 40 visitors at each performance. To combine the beauty of the arboretum with its old trees and inviting lawns with music performances was widely perceived as a success and an upgrading of the location. This green space was put more into focus and the visitor’s attention was draw to a previously less prominent part of the island being an underrated attraction among others. Due to the music performances it was perceived as an area of meditation and a recreational green space with new appeal. Well being, health and recreation in green spaces in combination with related entertainment services have become an amalgam of what modern and modern citizens seem to expect from urban green spaces. The intensification of sensual perceptions in green spaces contributes to well being of green space users. There is a significant preference for small scale music performances. Green spaces as recreational power spaces may not only be used in leisure parks and add to the attractiveness of green space in general. They could also be used for therapeutic purposes. A combination of art and a feeling to be in green spaces could b e used more purposively in healing gardens, where healing landscapes or garden-scapes go along with and are supported by music therapy.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: entertainment, music, arboretum, recreation, therapy, healing landscapes.