Community-based place meanings for park planning

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Place meanings provide visions for land-use planning, are references to evaluate land-uses, and act as baselines to assess environmental degradation. Roles for social science in park planning are becoming directed at understanding community-based place meanings of stakeholders. Place meanings characterize reasons that an environment is valued and describe the uniqueness of a locale. Place meanings are characterized as being complex and difficult for people to know. The representation of place meanings are often embedded in stories of lived experiences, and the telling of these stories is audience sensitive. The lack of adequate venues to negotiate place meanings is a crisis in need of response by the park planning and leisure research community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-416
Number of pages12
JournalLeisure/ Loisir
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2006


  • Community planning
  • Park development
  • Sense of place

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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