Place-Making upon Return Home: Influence of Greenway Experiences

Shiqin Zhang, William P. Stewart, Eric S.W. Chan

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Recreation experience has long been studied for its close relationship to human health and personal development. Previous research focused mainly on the experiential and on-site outcomes. This study extends past research to explore the critical role of recreation experience on human development, particularly after people return home. To do so, an experiential-emergent-learning model of recreation experience is proposed and empirically experimented. Based on a participant-generated photo technique and a two-step interview protocol, support was provided for home-based behavioral changes as an enduring outcome of greenway experiences. Through tracking the interplay of recreationists’ greenway experience, self-development, and home place-making, the study illustrated a learning cycle between greenway experience and human-environment relationships. The implications suggest the potential of a greenway network for promoting pro-environmental behaviors and sustainable tourism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-70
Number of pages25
JournalLeisure Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023


  • Home environment
  • multiphase leisure
  • participant-generated photos
  • self-development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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