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Table 7 Correlation of playground attributes with school and neighborhood attributes

From: Features and amenities of school playgrounds: A direct observation study of utilization and physical activity levels outside of school time

  Overall condition Total unique types of play equipment Total number of play features Overall cleanliness Overall quality Overall safety Presence of benches Presence of trash cans Coverage/shade for resting features
Overall condition 1.00         
Total unique types of play equipment 0.58* 1.00        
Total # of play features 0.43 0.56* 1.00       
Overall cleanliness -0.09 -0.21 -0.13 1.00      
Overall quality 0.71* 0.11 0.14 0.34 1.00     
Overall safety 0.46* 0.65* 0.63* -0.43 -0.08 1.00    
Presence of benches 0.37 0.28 0.02 0.21 0.20 -0.08 1.00   
Presence of trash cans 0.00 0.28 0.23 -0.40 -0.37 0.22 0.29 1.00  
Resting features coverage/shade 0.28 0.27 0.01 0.06 0.09 -0.05 0.86* 0.30 1.00
Average size of schoolyards -0.17 -0.20 0.05 -0.01 -0.15 -0.33 0.09 0.07 -0.05
Number of parks/green spaces -0.01 -0.29 -0.13 -0.06 0.11 -0.18 -0.40 -0.19 -0.56*
Number of recreational centers & pools -0.01 0.49* 0.01 -0.27 -0.16 0.15 -0.08 0.05 0.02
Number of commercially available PA resources -0.31 -0.07 -0.28 -0.40 -0.38 -0.13 0.04 0.63* 0.06
Connectivity -0.11 0.03 0.02 -0.16 -0.22 -0.12 0.08 0.14 -0.02
Population of children ≤17 -0.16 -0.29 0.00 0.13 -0.08 0.09 -0.05 -0.08 -0.17
Total school enrollment -0.08 -0.01 0.08 -0.22 -0.17 0.15 -0.31 0.04 -0.35
Percentage of children17 living in poverty 0.05 -0.19 -0.20 -0.23 0.20 -0.16 -0.36 -0.22 -0.36
Percentage of African-American students -0.16 0.11 -0.23 -0.24 -0.15 0.04 -0.17 -0.08 -0.08
Temperature -0.03 0.35 0.22 -0.16 -0.29 0.37 0.16 0.40 0.37
  1. * Significant results (p <.05) represented in bold with an asterisk