Public use of green space in Lisbon

Soares, A.L., C. Castel-Branco, V. Costa Simoes & F. Castro Rego, 2005, Public use of green space in Lisbon, in: Gallis, C.T., ‘Forests, trees, and human health and well-being’, Siokis, Thessaloniki

  • Author : Soares, A.L., C. Castel-Branco, V. Costa Simoes & F. Castro Rego
  • Year : 2005
  • Published in Book : Forests, trees, and human health and well-being
  • Pages : 203-222
  • Abstract in English : The city of Lisbon has a number of green areas for public use. The municipal planning and management of these areas requires an understanding of characteristics of use. This paper documents a quantitative study on the public use of the urban gardens and parks of Lisbon and perceptions on the benefits of that use. The hypothesis to test is that these green spaces represent an important contribution for the well being of the population of Lisbon, as measured by the frequency, intensity, and diversity of their use. Assumed that public green spaces are urban infrastructures essential to the creation of balanced city – improving the chemical and physical environment as well as bringing numerous other benefits, in particular aesthetic, psychological and socio-economical gains, and contributing towards greater biodiversity in the city. The statistical methods required to examine the subject of the study were used and the results have confirmed the original hypotheses, leading to new ways of appreciating public green spaces. The social function of Lisbon’s public spaces has been shown. Public green spaces use trends for the 21st century have been revealed in 7 points.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: public green spaces, parks, use, functions, benefits.