Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

Proceedings of the 2007 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium



Conference Name

2007 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium, Bolton Landing, NY, April 15-17, 2007


This study explores the relationship between park attributes (perceived safety and perceived benefits) and their relationship to sense of community in urban neighborhoods. The study finds that the perception of benefits derived from park use has a direct relationship with sense of community, and that park safety is indirectly related to sense of community, with the perception of park benefits mediating the relationship between park safety and sense of community. Theoretical and practical considerations are discussed.


"This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain."

Original Publication Citation

Gueorguiev, S., Gómez, E., & Hill, E. (2008). Public recreation and neighborhood sense of community: An exploration of a hypothesized relationship. In C. Leblanc and C. Vogt, Paper presented at the 2007 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium (pp. 197-203). Bolton Landing, NY: U.S. Forest Service.


0000-0002-3621-5666 (Hill)