Scribbly Gum Playground
Queensland | Urban
Authors: Julianna Rozek, Dr Lucy Gunn, Anna Gannet, Dr Paula Hooper, Professor Billie Giles-Corti.
Public open space encompasses the variety of spaces within the urban environment that are readily and freely accessible to the wider community for recreation and enjoyment.
Green public open space is a subset of public open space. In public health research there is no universally used definition of green public open space. However, it typically refers to areas that are publicly accessible, have some greenery, and generally support some recreational activity. This usually includes parks, sports fields and nature reserves. Some studies have also included vegetated streetscapes, street trees and public school grounds.
Private green spaces such as residential gardens and private golf courses are not included in green public open space. However, they may be included in studies that measure the overall green space in neighbourhoods.
The Heart Foundation’s Quality Green Space Supporting Health, Wellbeing and Biodiversity: A Literature Review - shows the general definition of green public open space used in this review. Individual studies may use slightly different definitions.