Equity to Urban Parks for Elderly Residents: Perspectives of Balance between Supply and Demand

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Nov 17;17(22):8506. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17228506.


As population ages, ensuring that the elderly get their due rights has become a common concern of scholars in many fields. However, as an important public service facility in daily life of elderly, the research on the equity of urban parks is mostly based on the evaluation of accessibility. The equity of the elderly's access to urban parks services has been rarely discussed from the perspective of supply and demand balance. In the context of the concept of spatial equity, we used urban parks in the main city of Harbin as a case study, the actual travel mode of the elderly was considered in the evaluation, adopted an Integrated Spatial Equity Evaluation (ISEE) framework, quantitative evaluation of the equity of different levels of urban park under multiple traffic modes. In this study, the results showed that under the three modes of travel, the degree of spatial equity was higher for non-motorized trips than for the other two modes. In terms of urban parks hierarchy, the spatial equity of urban parks at district level were much higher than those at the neighborhood level and street level. The inequity between supply and demand for urban park for elderly people was significant and varies between administrative districts. The empirical evidence in this research may provide references and suggestions for urban parks planning and decision-making. In cities where the scale of land use is basically stable, such as Harbin, we can start from the spatial configuration of park green space system and public transportation system to improve the efficiency of urban parks provision. Thereby promoting the construction and development of an "old age-friendly" society.

Keywords: balance of supply and demand; multiple traffic mode; older people; spatial equity; urban parks.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cities
  • Humans
  • Parks, Recreational* / statistics & numerical data
  • Parks, Recreational* / supply & distribution
  • Public Facilities* / statistics & numerical data
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Transportation
  • Urban Population*