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Development Types

Neighbourhood Parks

Neighbourhood parks can contribute
young children being more physically active
Source: Pamela Miller Photographer

Neighbourhood parks are parks that serve the needs of the residents of the neighbourhood within which they are located.  Neighbourhood parks include children’s playgrounds, pocket parks, playing fields and lineal parks connecting other parks or forming part of the broader network of open space and the movement network.

Neighbourhood parks present opportunities for individuals to interact with other people, increase their levels of physical activity and to participate in sport and recreation activities.  They can also contribute to improved mental health as the provision of natural, green spaces where people can rest and relax can help alleviate stress.
Design considerations for neighbourhood parks include that they should be:

  • Distributed throughout a neighbourhood providing equitable access to all residents
  • Within a walkable catchment (400m or a 5 minute walk for a pocket park and up to 800m or a 10 minute walk for playing fields) of the majority of residences
  • Co-located with other community facilities to enable dual use of the space and multi-use destinations, eg. playground facilities located adjacent to a community hall
  • Connected with the broader open space network
Health and Planning Fact
Research undertaken for the Department of Human Services, Victoria found that for each additional km2 of public open space, younger children (5-6 year olds) performed almost nine additional minutes of physical activity per day (Timperio et al., 2005).

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Last updated on 14th August, 2013

Sponsors This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.