Conference 2003

Conference 2003
Greening the City:
Bringing Biodiversity Back
into the Urban Environment


Restoration and Revegetation Projects in Urban Parks and Community Perceptions of Personal Safety: Learning from Waitakere's Green Network

Tricia Austin (Department of Planning, University of Auckland)

One of the principal objectives of Waitakere Citys Green Network Strategy is to encourage more people to make greater use of the extensive range of natural areas in the city, including the parks.

Restoration and revegetation of the Green Network involving possibly extensive native plantings has to address community concerns about actual safety and perceptions of safety in the parks and reserves. In 1996, we undertook a study of community perceptions of personal safety in several case study parks in Waitakere City, identifying both positive and negative aspects of landscape features and vegetation. Findings from this study were used to develop safer design guidelines for revegetation of the green network.

This presentation revisits the case study parks and discusses implementation of the guidelines.

Conference sponsored by:

British Council NZ
The Community Trust
Landcare Research

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