ProjectPARK aims to understand what park features encourage people to visit parks more often, and to be more active and social in parks.

Natural environments such as parks provide opportunities to engage in physically and mentally beneficial behaviours such as physical activity, recreation and social interaction.

Parks are in most neighbourhoods and are generally free to access. It is important that parks are designed to encourage people to visit and spend time being active.

About ProjectPARK

We want to better understand what would make the ideal park for increasing visitation, physical activity and social connectedness. Walk-along interviews and online surveys with community members will provide us with detailed information from a range of both park visitors and non-park visitors. From these we will learn about aspects of the park that are considered important and to see how opinions and preferences vary among different groups.

The project is nested within the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), a research institute hosted by the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University, and is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

The research team

ProjectPARK is led by Dr Jenny Veitch, Alfred Deakin Professor Anna Timperio, Alfred Deakin Professor Kylie Ball, Professor Benedicte Deforche and project managed by Keren Best and a research team.

Contact us

For further information, please contact the project team.

Phone: + 61 3 9244 6031

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition
School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood, Victoria 3125