Assessing the utilization of outdoor gym installations in public parks and their impact on physical activity among park users

The Foundation's Active Living Research program was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess structural, environmental, and policy changes with the potential to increase population levels of physical activity.The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of outdoor gym installations called Fitness Zones on adult and child physical activity levels and park usage in parks across Los Angeles, California. Observational measures and park-user surveys will be used to collect physical activity data and park use levels pre- and post-installations. Deliverables will include publications and online and research presentations to disseminate research findings. Findings also will be provided to The Trust for Public Lands, funder of the Fitness Zones, to disseminate to their constituents, policy makers, and media outlets.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $149,926.00

Awarded on: 11/13/2008

Time frame: 12/1/2008 - 5/31/2010

Grant Number: 65532


Rand Corporation

1776 Main Street
P.O. Box 2138
Santa Monica, 90401-2138


Deborah A. Cohen
Project Director