Assessment of trail use in a community park

Linda J. Neff, Barbara E. Ainsworth, Fran C. Wheeler, Sharon E. Krumwiede, Amanda J. Trepal

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The objective of this study was to assess physical activity patterns on a walking trail in a community park. During a two-week period, 200 trail users were interviewed, and an infrared sensor was used to measure trail use. Most respondents (84%) reported participating in regular activity. The environment, park location, safety, pavement, presence of a mile marker, and the absence of motorists were cited as positive trail characteristics. Trail use was heaviest during weekdays in early morning and late afternoon. The presence of a trail within a community park may provide the environmental support needed to maintain suggested levels of physical activity to achieve positive health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-84
Number of pages9
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Community
  • Community health promotion
  • Leisure activity
  • Physical activity
  • Recreation walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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