Predicting place attachment among walkers in the urban context: The role of dogs, motivations, satisfaction, past experience and setting development

Arne Arnberger, Megha Budruk, Ingrid E. Schneider, Sonja A Wilhelm Stanis

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Abstract

Place attachment knowledge informs urban green space management to maximize positive visitor experiences. However, little is known about how place attachment differs between urban green space settings and users, particularly dog walkers or owners. This study explored place attachment and the better-known influence of variables such as motivation, satisfaction and visit frequency, as well as the understudied contributions of dog-ownership status and degree of setting development. In total, 450 on-site walkers and dog walkers in two cities and four green spaces with different levels of development were interviewed. Regression analyses revealed motivations, satisfaction and visit frequency predicted place attachment. Place attachment strength differed between walkers and dog walkers: dog walkers were more likely to have higher place identity and place dependence. Similarly, visitors to the urban green spaces with the lowest degree of development were highest on place dependence and identity. Implications and future research ideas are shared.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number127531
JournalUrban Forestry and Urban Greening
Volume70
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The study was partially supported by the USDA Forest Service [ 14-JV-11242309–049 ]. We thank Municipal Departments of Vienna MA42 Parks and Gardens, MA49 Forestry Office and Urban Agriculture, S. Böhm, R. Eder, and H. Preisel. Thank you to the Minnesota Historical Society and State Parks and Trails for access and the numerous students who collected data for this project.

Funding Information:
The study was partially supported by the USDA Forest Service [14-JV-11242309?049]. We thank Municipal Departments of Vienna MA42 Parks and Gardens, MA49 Forestry Office and Urban Agriculture, S. B?hm, R. Eder, and H. Preisel. Thank you to the Minnesota Historical Society and State Parks and Trails for access and the numerous students who collected data for this project.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Elsevier GmbH

Keywords

  • Dog ownership
  • Dog walking
  • Place dependence
  • Solitude
  • Urban green space
  • Walking

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