The impact of recreational shortages on urban liveability

Vries, S. de & J. van Zoest, 2004, The impact of recreational shortages on urban liveability, in: OPENspace, ‘Open space, people space’, OPENspace, Edinburgh

  • Author : Vries, S. de & J. van Zoest
  • Year : 2004
  • Published in Book : Open space, people space
  • Abstract in English : According to the Council for the Rural Area, the Dutch constitution requires the government to offer sufficient opportunities for outdoor recreation that are available, reachable and accessible for everyone. An instrument called AVANAR has been developed to identify whether and where shortages in recreational opportunities for walking and cycling exist. Both indicators suggest that many urban neighbourhoods are dealing with severe shortages. However, these indicators are quite normative in content. For the identified shortages to be taken seriously, especially by representatives of opposing interests, empirical corroboration is highly desirable. This corroboration is sought in the negative consequences that one might expect to occur in case of an insufficient supply, such as less satisfactory recreational experiences. Some first analyses suggest that there is indeed a relation between the normatively defined shortages and at least some of the expected negative consequences of ‘real’ shortages.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: AVANAR, demand, supply, recreation, green space, liveability, walking, cycling. [paper 5.]