The parks and open spaces are used – but not by seniors. Could Tai Chi early in the morning change that ?.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON May 18, 2011 – Burlington has parks galore. How well are they used? Do they matter? The question asked was if parks and open spaces were “very important” or “extremely important”. Parks certainly mattered – but what stuck out in the answers to this question was how more they mattered to the people in Ward 2 when measured against the importance to people in the other wards.

Burlington has great parks – but are the right people using them?

Burlington has great parks – but are the right people using them?

Those residing in ward 2 were significantly more likely than those in wards 2,3,5 and 6 to consider parks, open spaces and sports fields important.

Not surprisingly, resident aged 18 – 34 were more likely to make use of parks, open spaces and sports fields on a regular basis when compared to those 55+ – 73% compared to 49%

A clear recreational development and health improvement opportunity and need is to get seniors out into the parks and open spaces.

Ward 2 is the smallest ward in the city and covers all of the downtown core.

The importance of parks, open spaces and sports fields relative to other services is show in the list of ten items that are summarized below.

The Quality of Service Survey was done for Burlington in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2011. The data is based on a random and representative telephone survey of 752 residents over the age of 18 and is considered to be accurate to within plus or minus 3.6%, 19 times out of twenty. For the full survey CLICK HERE.

On balance people in Burlington are happy with the services provided them by the city.

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