High Life - Park Life Project
The High Life - Park Life Project
We will examine which public open space/s apartment residents use, for what purposes, and what they would prefer. This includes collecting data on how people use parks (e.g., physical activities, social activities, formal sports, sitting, contact with nature).

The benefits of green public open spaces are well known. A considerable body of evidence associates public open space with physical activity, psychological wellbeing, and general health among urban residents. However, there little understanding of which public spaces apartment residents use, for what purposes, and what they would prefer. Moreover, the assumption that apartment residents have an increased reliance on public open space to compensate for limited private indoor and outdoor, and communal space, has not been comprehensively evaluated. Such evidence is vital to inform the design of apartment developments, the planning of apartment precincts, and the provision of ‘fit-for-purpose’ POS in higher density neighbourhoods.

3 cities
113 apartment complexes
The Project
We will assess whether POS use and preferences compensate for any shortcomings in apartment (private) indoor and outdoor space, and communal (shared) building facilities, and if these relationships are more pronounced for apartment residents in relatively disadvantaged areas.

With less private space, apartment residents are assumed to rely on public spaces for physical, social and recreational activities. Yet little is known about which spaces they use and why, and what they would prefer. Expected outcomes include tailored, equitable evidence-based recommendations for public open space planning and apartment design guidelines. Benefits include the delivery of sustainable high-density precincts that cater to community needs.

How Map My Say will be used in the High Life - Park Life project
The Survey
In 2023 we surveyed residents of 172 buildings in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney

Using the Map My Say interactive survey, participant mapped the parks and public open spaces they use most often and other parks they regularly use and told us how often they use these spaces and how they use them (i.e., the activities they do).

Questions also asked about physical activity, social connections and mental health.

Key People
A/Prof Paula Hooper, Nutrition & Health Innovation Research Institute, dith Cowan University
Lead Investigator
A/Prof Sarah Foster, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT
Lead Investigator
Dr Nicole Edwards, AUDRC, UWA
Dr Alexandra Kleeman, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT
Research Fellow
Dr Julian Bolleter, AUDRC, UWA


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