CHILDREN’S OUTDOOR PLAY AND NEIGHBOURHOOD DESIGN

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In the past, children spent much of their free time outdoors in the neighbourhood. In his seminal study from the 1980s, Robin Moore described a rich array of outdoor activities in which children engaged, usually involving friends and imagination (Moore 1986).

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CHILDRENS OUTDOOR PLAY AND NEIGHBOURHOOD DESIGNFrom: Handy, Susan, Xinyu Cao, and Patricia Mokhtarian (2008). Neighbourhood Design and Childrens outdoor play: Evidence from Northern California. Children, Youth and Environments 18(2): 160-179. Retrieved [January 2009] from http://www.colorado.edu/journals/cye.1. INTRODUCTION1.1. In the past, children spent much of their free time outdoors in the neighbourhood. In his seminal study from the 1980s, Robin Moore described a rich array of outdoor activities in which children engaged, usually involving friends and imagination (Moore 1986). These activities took place in both formal, managed, official places within the neighbourhood, including schools, parks, and playgrounds, as well as informal, unmanaged, and unofficial spaces. In the latter category, neighbourhood streets have served as an important site for childrens play throughout history and around the world (Jacobs 1961; Gans 1962; Opie and Opie 1969; Lynch 1977; Tranter and Doyle 1996).1.2. However, todays children are spending more of their free time indoors and more of their outdoor time in scheduled activities (Valentine and McKendrick 1997; Karsten and van Vliet-- 2006). The potential implications of the decline in outdoor play are numerous. Public health officials are especially concerned, given the link between time spent outdoors and levels of physical activity (Sallis, Prochaska and Taylor 2000; Ferreira et al. 2006). Declining physical activ

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