More than just a skate park? A review and practical guide on how to make urban green space more accessible to adolescents to support health and wellbeing

Introduction

This report is a summary of recent research and related literature on urban green space and how to improve access for adolescents. Green spaces provide an opportunity to support and improve mental and physical health across all ages, including adolescents. Highlighting case studies from across the world, this report highlights new insights and provides practical advice on how to improve urban green space for adolescents, challenging the widely held view that all young people want are built resources such as skate parks.

The report looks at both planning and design (the development of new elements and structures) and management (the maintenance and development of existing structures and spaces), as well as how best to engage adolescents in these processes to ensure their use and benefit from green spaces.

This report will be of interest to individuals and organisations involved in the planning, design, and management of green space as well as those who work with adolescents.

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Published: July 2021
Hind, K
de Bell, S.
Lovell, R.
Abrahams, R.
Wheeler, B.W
SWEEP, University of Exeter
Hind, K., de Bell, S., Lovell, R., Abrahams, R., Wheeler, B.W. (2021) More than just a skate park? A review and practical guide on how to make urban green space more accessible to adolescents to support health and wellbeing. South West Partnership for Environment & Economic Prosperity (SWEEP). www.sweep.ac.uk
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