Outdoor Recreation and the Urban Environment

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In the last few decades, the provision for leisure in urban areas has increased significantly. Changes in working practices and urban lifestyles have meant people have more time for leisure than ever before. But how well has the recent growth of outdoor recreation been accomodated in a rapidly changing environment? How should we shape the future for outdoor recreation in our towns and cities? This volume addresses these and other issues. It looks at how people interact with the resources currently available and offers a critical review of the policies through which recreational opportunities in towns and cities are currently being developed. The book calls for a more flexible approach to the way in which the urban environment is evaluated, developed and managed, in order to meet rising pressures of urban poverty, unemployment, racial tensions and crime. A range of urban areas are discussed, from public open spaces to seldom covered areas such as private gardens and the street. Offering international examples of good practice, this volume should be of interest to students and researchers in leisure, recreation and urban planning.

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Stephen Williams is Principal Lecturer in Geography at Staffordshire University.

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