2016 – THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY

CONVENIENCE OF PLAYSPACE IN LOCAL NEIGHBOURHOODS OF HONG KONG

Issues to be addressed: The right to play and development of children with disabilities has been overlooked. Further studies are necessary to evaluate potential areas of improvement.

 

Project focus: To recommend baseline standards and assess sufficiency of play space for children with disabilities

 

Objectives:

  1. To assess sufficiency of play space in Hong Kong
  2. To identify areas of deficiency of play space from the perspective of disabled children and their families
  3. To inform future provision and planning of play space

 

Descriptions:

This project expects to provide guideline on accessibility, quality, and quantity of play space in Hong Kong to inform policy makers of potential areas of improvement to meet the needs of the community.

 

Achievement:

  1. Developed a story map website utilizing geographic information system based on data survey conducted in 2015-17 to highlight the following:
  • Type of play space (LCSD managed & non-LCSD managed)
  • Children population (from 2016 by-census of Hong Kong)
  • Proximity analysis
  • Case studies of Kwun Tong playgrounds
  • Policy implication
  1. Presented a policy brief to summarize the research insight and proposed recommendations on play space planning, inclusive play and data transparency
  2. Published a paper “Provision of Convenient Play Space in a Densely Populated City”  in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health