Park Accessibility

Measuring the Parks and Open Space Accessibility for the Elderly People of the City of Calgary

Project Summary:

Parks and open spaces are vital organs of a city. Apart from many environmental benefits of parks and open spaces, they also promote physical activity and mental well-being among the people. This research work looks in the park accessibility of elderly people of Calgary city within 10-minute walking distance. Service area analysis layer of Network analyst tool has been used in this work to determine the service areas of the parks along the street network.  The results show that 65% of the area where elderly people live in the city of Calgary, have access to urban parks and open spaces within 10-minute walking distance. The results also reveal that north-western part of the town is the best place live in terms of parks and open space accessibility, as 76% of the NW area where elderly people live has accessibility to a park within a 10-minute walking distance.  Southeastern part of the of the town is the worst place to live in, as 47.7% its area where elderly people live has accessibility to parks and open space within a 10-minute walking distance. For future study, it is recommended to use access points of the parks and open spaces as service area facility in the network analysis, rather than centroids of the parks and open spaces.

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