Cultural diversity in the social valuing of parklands: Networking communities and park management

Australasian Parks and Leisure
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Australasian Parks and Leisure Journal, 2008, 11 (2), pp. 20 - 29
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The paper focuses on cultural diversity and the social valuing of parkland as a consequence of local urban park use. The paper is based on a study investigating whether the social values attributed to parklands are intrinsic, are generated by the cultural perspectives of the different communities who use them, or are simply generated by management approaches. The study assesses the perceptions and uses of public open space by Aboriginal, Anglo-Australian and recently migrated communities inside and outside park boundaries in the Georges River area. The preliminary results of this study identifies the impacts on each cultural group, how these groups value the public open spaces in their area and how they respond to current management approaches. The paper concludes with an outlook on how to develop research tools to support and encourage a multicultural approach to park management and create community networks that recognise opportunities and provisions at parks in an ethnically diverse multicultural Australia.
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