Who are the users of urban parks? A study with adults from Curitiba, Brazil

Rogerio Fermino, Rodrigo Reis, Pedro C. Hallal, Andrew T. Kaczynski

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Background: The aim of this study was to analyze how sociodemographic characteristics, health, characteristics of quality of life, and perceptions of places are associated with park use in Curitiba, Brazil. Methods: A cross-sectional study with face-toface interviews was conducted with 1461 adults who lived within the area of 500 m near 8 parks. The survey included questions about gender, age, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, body mass index, perceived health, number of morbidities, perception of quality of life, physical environment, leisure opportunities, self-satisfaction, and satisfaction with the park. The use of a specific park near the residence was identified as 1 of 3 outcomes: park use versus nonuse, park use ≥ 1 time/wk, and park use ≥ 3 times/wk. Poisson regression was used to examine associations between the independent variables and each level of park use. Results: Overall park use (60.9%) and ≥ 1 time/wk (32.2%) and ≥ 3 times/wk use (16.8%) were associated with age and leisure opportunities. Leisure opportunities and park satisfaction were related to more frequent visits to these outdoor areas. Conclusions: These results can be used in guiding interventions that improve the quality of parks and other outdoor areas and offer leisure opportunities to the community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-67
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Built environment
  • Communities
  • Epidemiological studies
  • Green areas
  • Public open spaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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