Beyond Accessibility: Preference for Natural Areas

Terry J. Brown, Rachel Kaplan, Gail QuadererBeyond Accessibility: Preference for Natural Areas

Making natural settings accessible is vitally important. At the same time, however, attention must be paid to the choice of settings that are made accessible. The purpose of this study was to ascertain the perceptions and preferences of individuals with mobility limitations as well as their companions or caregivers with respect to parks and nature places. The results (based on 197 surveys) provided support for similarities in preferences regardless of degree of limitation. Forested scenes were far preferred over open field scenes, regardless of ease of negotiating the area. Within these two landscape types, however, scenes with paths were favored. While the results showed substantial consistency, they also pointed to variations. To increase the likelihood that there is a strong match between accessibility and satisfying destinations, it is essential to gain the participation of the intended users.

Author Terry J. Brown, Rachel Kaplan, Gail Quaderer
Volume Vol 33, No 3 (1999)
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