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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 Jul 12;14(7). pii: E766. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14070766.

Urban Green Space Perception and Its Contribution to Well-Being.

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1
Department of Geoinformatics-Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Schillerstrasse 30, 5020 Salzburg, Austria. gyula.kothencz@sbg.ac.at.
2
Department of Physical Geography and Geoinformatics, University of Szeged, Egyetem utca 2-6, 6722 Szeged, Hungary. pablo.cabrera-barona@stud.sbg.ac.at.
3
Department of Geoinformatics-Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Schillerstrasse 30, 5020 Salzburg, Austria. kolcsarrony@hotmail.com.
4
Department of Physical Geography and Geoinformatics, University of Szeged, Egyetem utca 2-6, 6722 Szeged, Hungary. toto@geo.u-szeged.hu.

Abstract

Individual perceptions are essential when evaluating the well-being benefits from urban green spaces. This study predicted the influence of perceived green space characteristics in the city of Szeged, Hungary, on two well-being variables: the green space visitors' level of satisfaction and the self-reported quality of life. The applied logistic regression analysis used nine predictors: seven perceived green space characteristics from a questionnaire survey among visitors of five urban green spaces of Szeged; and the frequency of green space visitors' crowd-sourced recreational running paths and photographs picturing green space aesthetics. Results revealed that perceived green space characteristics with direct well-being benefits were strong predictors of both dependent variables. Perceived green space characteristics with indirect, yet fundamental, well-being benefits, namely, regulating ecosystem services had minor influence on the dependent variables. The crowd-sourced geo-tagged data predicted only the perceived quality of life contributions; but revealed spatial patterns of recreational green space use and aesthetics. This study recommends that regulating ecosystem services should be planned with a focus on residents' aesthetic and recreational needs. Further research on the combination of green space visitors´ perceptions and crowd-sourced geo-tagged data is suggested to promote planning for well-being and health benefits of urban green spaces.

KEYWORDS:

crowd-sourced geo-tagged data; perceived green space characteristics; perceived well-being benefits; quality of life; questionnaire survey; urban green spaces

PMID:
28704969
PMCID:
PMC5551204
DOI:
10.3390/ijerph14070766
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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