Public open space

Public open space (POS) can increase aesthetic appeal, amenity and value of a neighbourhood, suburb or regional area.

Aside from providing places to play, be active or relax, public open spaces afford many benefits.

Environmental benefits can be gained through protecting local biodiversity and visual landscapes, retaining ecological systems and linkages, and management of urban water.

Social benefits can be gained through community interaction and activation of places for formal and informal sport and recreation. 

Cultural benefits can be gained through recognition and interpretation of Indigenous and historic values. 

Economic benefits can be gained through provision of services supporting visitation for sport, recreation and tourism.

Active Open Space (Playing Fields) in a Growing Perth Peel cover

Active Open Space (Playing Fields) in a Growing Perth Peel

Report
Open space is an inherent part of the Australian culture, helping to define Perth and contribute to the physical and mental health of our community.
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Classification Framework for Public Open Space

Framework
The primary purpose of this framework is to define terminology that can be universally used to describe public open space.
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Emerging Constraints for Public Open Space in Perth Metropolitan Suburbs

Report
Implications of Bush Forever, Water Sensitive Urban Design and Liveable Neighbourhoods for Active Sport and Recreation
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Public Parkland Planning and Design Guide (WA)

Guide
Well-planned, well-designed public parklands will provide long-term benefits to Western Australian communities.
Page reviewed 08 July 2019