A Dialogue on Park and Recreational Facility Access, Quality, and Policy to Inform a Pan-Canadian Multi-Sectoral Population Health Study

The above was presented at the March 9-12, 2021 Virtual Research Summit.

Ce qui précède a été présenté au Sommet de Recherche Virtuel du 9 au 12 mars 2021.

Pre-Summit material

The following is preliminary content for a session at the March 9-12, 2021 Virtual Research Summit, submitted by Alexander Wray with Human Environments Analysis Lab at Western University.

Ce qui suit est le contenu préliminaire d’une session du Sommet de Recherche Virtuel du 9 au 12 mars 2021, soumis par Alexander Wray avec le laboratoire d’analyse des environnements humains de la Western University.

ABSTRACT

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Parks and recreational facilities in the Canadian context are critically important to health and wellbeing as they typically provide opportunities to connect with nature, pursue recreational activities, and facilitate social connections for the entire population. The ParkSeek project through three distinct objectives aims to establish new datasets, tools, and communities of practice around the population health benefits of parks and recreational facilities. The first objective is to analyze the geographic accessibility of parks and recreational facilities to create a set of open-access measures. The second objective is to collect information about the quality of parks and recreational facilities from a culturally and regionally representative sample of park and recreational facility users in communities across Canada. The third objective is to develop a searchable database of strategic and operational policies, analyzed through a health equity lens, explicitly related to parks and recreation in Canada. This session will be used to promote dialogue between research summit participants to help inform the project’s activities. A breakout room and facilitated discussion format will be used to elicit perspectives from researchers, practitioners, and learners about the project’s objectives and research activities. Participants will be making foundational contributions to an important pan-Canadian research project on parks and recreational facilities.

ABSTRACT

Dans le contexte canadien, les parcs et les installations récréatives sont d’une importance capitale pour la santé et le bien-être, car ils offrent généralement des possibilités de se rapprocher de la nature, de pratiquer des activités récréatives et de faciliter les liens sociaux pour l’ensemble de la population. Le projet ParkSeek vise, à travers trois objectifs distincts, à établir de nouveaux ensembles de données, des outils et des communautés de pratique autour des avantages des parcs et des installations de loisirs pour la santé de la population. Le premier objectif est d’analyser l’accessibilité géographique des parcs et des installations de loisirs afin de créer un ensemble de mesures de libre accès. Le deuxième objectif est de recueillir des informations sur la qualité des parcs et des installations de loisirs auprès d’un échantillon culturellement et régionalement représentatif des utilisateurs de parcs et d’installations de loisirs dans les communautés du Canada. Le troisième objectif est de développer une base de données consultable des politiques stratégiques et opérationnelles, analysées sous l’angle de l’équité en matière de santé, explicitement liées aux parcs et aux loisirs au Canada. Cette session servira à promouvoir le dialogue entre les participants au sommet de la recherche afin de contribuer à informer les activités du projet. Une salle de réunion et un format de discussion facilitée seront utilisés pour obtenir les points de vue des chercheurs, des praticiens et des apprenants sur les objectifs du projet et les activités de recherche. Les participants apporteront une contribution fondamentale à un important projet de recherche pancanadien sur les parcs et les installations de loisirs.

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CPAWS Healthy Nature Healthy People: A Call to Put Nature Protection at the Heart of Canada’s COVID-19 Recovery

CPAWS Healthy Nature Healthy People report.

Guiding Document

Canada is a country deeply connected to nature. It underpins our sense of place, our well-being, and our economy. Yet there is ample evidence that nature in our country, like in the rest of the world, is in crisis.1 Much more of our country’s land and freshwater needs protecting to sustain the healthy ecosystems that all Canadians rely on and to tackle the climate change crisis. In early 2020, momentum was building in Canada and around the world for more ambitious conservation action. The federal government committed in late 2019 to protecting 25% of Canada’s land and ocean by 2025 and 30% by 2030 — a move that was welcomed by CPAWS and reaffirmed by the Prime Minister in recent public statements.2, 3, 4 Canada also promised to take on a global leadership role by encouraging other countries to support ambitious land and ocean protection targets in the new global biodiversity framework being negotiated under the mantle of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UN CBD).5 Then the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down in the span of a few weeks — devastating families, overwhelming some countries’ health care systems, and shutting down the global economy. CPAWS continued our work to protect Canada’s land and ocean, carefully heeding public health advice and working remotely, and began to explore what the pandemic could mean for conservation. This report highlights what we have learned about the relationship between the pandemic and terrestrial conservation and presents a case for why governments in Canada should put nature conservation at the heart of our country’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

CPAWS Healthy Nature Healthy People report.
Go to report.