'Natusers' motivations and attitudes in urban green corridors: Challenges and opportunities. Case study of the Parc Fluvial del Túria (Spain)

Autores UPV
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Revista Boletin de la Asociacion de Geografos Espanoles

Abstract

With the population growth in cities, urban green corridors are positioned to be one of the most in-demand green spaces, acting as recreation areas and as alternative paths for bicycle-commuters or walkers and posing new management challenges for the development of an adequate public use of these sites. However, most studies of outdoor recreation have been pursued in naturally protected areas where visitors mainly develop educational/interpretative activities. In addition, little is known regarding why people use suburban green corridors and their motivations and attitudes. The initial outcomes of this research indicate that visitors of these areas primarily engage in leisure/entertainment activities and sport activities, with their primary motivations being the practice of outdoor activities and relaxation and contact with nature: they visit these places searching for an outdoor setting to pursue different activities. Therefore, these visitors could be named ¿users of nature¿ (natusers) more than ¿visitors of nature¿, whose traditional primary motivation was ¿to know the site¿.