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dc.contributor.advisorFoulkes, Mattheweng
dc.contributor.authorBelk, Katilin Lanieceeng
dc.date.issued2023eng
dc.date.submitted2023 Springeng
dc.description.abstractParks serve an essential role in city life as many residents enjoy visiting and interacting with the outdoors on a regular basis. The open space, greenery, quietness, and lack of crowds can provide a wonderful contrast to the hustle and bustle of city life. To maximize the benefits that parks bring, public officials and stakeholders need to understand how park visitors interact with park elements as well as perceived accessibility and safety to manage and regulate city parks with best practices. This study helps explore how park preferences of residents of Columbia, Missouri correlate with the geographic accessibility of parks. Additionally, this study evaluates which park features that residents of Columbia, Missouri value the most and how preferences enhance or detract from park usage. To accomplish this, a mixed-methods approach utilizing a public survey and GIS software was employed to analyze how city residents perceive and interact with park features. The findings reveal key insights into how park features can elevate the usage of parks and better support public officials and stakeholders in ongoing efforts to overcome barriers of distance and accessibility for all residents of Columbia, Missouri.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.format.extentvii, 50 pages : illustrations (color)eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/96149
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/96149eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.titleAccessibility and user perception of parks in Columbia, Missourieng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineGeography (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.A.eng


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