Reclaiming space for tourism and leisure: the case of the canals

Trapp-Fallon, J.M., 2004, Reclaiming space for tourism and leisure: the case of the canals, in: OPENspace, ‘Open space, people space’, OPENspace, Edinburgh

  • Author : Trapp-Fallon, J.M.
  • Year : 2004
  • Published in Book : Open space, people space
  • Abstract in English : The paper discusses the restoration of the canals and its contribution to the tourism/leisure space available for visitors. Initially seen as an outdated liability and only later as an environmental asset that could bring great pleasure to many people (Bolton, 1990: xvii), the available space has often been reclaimed from dereliction and includes both the water and its banks. The canals have become linear parks within both urban and rural areas and offer tourism/recreational space to a variety of groups within our society. Despite their nostalgic image (Hibbs, 1993), the drive to preserve has been overtaken by the need to create access to such areas for cultural tourism consumption and informal recreation. The paper will take the examples of the canals of South Wales and discuss the role of the canals in their communities and their contribution to the space available for people for informal and formal leisure activity.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: canals, restoration, tourism, leisure.[paper 6 p.]