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Table 3 The association of POSDAT item and reported ‘high/low park use’ by adolescents and odds ratios from logistic regression models assessing associations between park features (measured using POSDAT and GIS) and high/low park use after adjustment for park size and number of participants living within 800 m of park

From: Associations between park features and adolescent park use for physical activity

POSDAT item % of low use parks (n = 43) with POSDAT item present or mean (SD) % of high use parks (n = 15) with POSDAT item present or mean (SD) P-value (one-sided) fishers exact or t- test OR p -value
Activities      
Activity space: Soccer 7.0 0.0 0.422   
Activity space: Football 9.3 7.1 0.643   
Activity space: Cricket 11.6 0 0.230   
Activity space: Baseball 4.7 0 0.566   
Activity space: Fitness circuit 0 7.1 0.246   
Activity space: Basketball/netball hoops 9.3 21.4 0.224   
Activity space: Hockey 2.3 0 0.754   
Activity space: Athletics 2.3 0 0.754   
Activity space: Rugby 2.3 0 0.754   
Activity space: Skateboarding/BMX 4.7 28.6 0.027 6.41 0.011
Children’s playground 67.4 85.7 0.164 4.35 0.125
Environmental quality      
Park on river or foreshore 14.0 21.4 0.386   
Water feature: Fountain 4.7 0 0.566   
Water feature: Any 4.7 0 0.509   
Other features: Waterbirds 16.3 14.3 0.614   
Other features: Gardens 20.9 21.4 0.627   
No features 65.1 64.3 0.598   
Number of trees > 25 95.3 85.7 0.004 6.72 0.010
Walking paths present 37.2 71.4 0.027 4.64 0.021
Path shade (High) 4.7 7.1 0.600   
Playground shaded 23.3 42.9 0.224   
Grass reticulated 81.4 92.9 0.288   
High NDVI 25.5 53.3 0.051 3.32 0.054
Dogs      
Dogs allowed 95.3 100 0.566   
Amenities      
Barbeques 14.0 57.1 0.003 9.24 0.003
Seating 34.9 50.0 0.243   
Picnic tables 37.2 71.4 0.025 5.64 0.018
Public access toilets 18.6 64.3 0.002 13.93 0.002
Public art present 7.0 7.1 0.688   
Lighting: Around courts, buildings, equipment 16.3 50.0 0.017 6.09 0.012
Safety      
Park surrounded by minor roads only 72.1 78.6 0.461   
Perimeter orientation ratio* 30.94 (25.00) 32.49 (21.26) 0.831   
Number of lots around park* 10.63 (7.00) 12.00 (8.36) 0.537   
Number of lots facing park* 7.05 (5.94) 8.40 (5.34) 0.440   
Number of lots orientation ratio* 0.56 (0.39) 0.59 (0.32) 0.791   
Additional items      
Park size m2* 14786.76 (26944.14) 21199.41 (20378.49) 0.585   
Distance to beach (m)* 1426.65 (2798.61) 1370.81 (1282.16) 0.872   
Tree canopy area* 1647.12 (3461.58) 3083.54 (4462.38) 0.215   
Tree canopy coverage (% total park)* 10.80 (7.75) 14.12 (13.98) 0.266   
NDVI * 0.23 (0.09) 0.29 (0.08) 0.039   
Attractiveness score (Adult) * 32.8 (14.56) 45.7 (13.2) 0.005   
Activity space count* 0.48 (1.05) 0.46 (74) 0.153 0.855 0.002
  1. *Continuous independent variable.
  2. Bold OR and p values = the seven park features included in the adolescent attractiveness score for park use.