Social Conceptions of Nature’s Functions in an Urban Landscape: People and Parks in Madison, WI
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In this paper, we explore the connection between parks and people in the City of Madison, Wisconsin. Utilizing a survey and a subsequent landscape analysis, we identify features of urban parks that contribute to a positive and productive experience for users. With these elements identified, we earn a better understanding of what forms an urban park might take, and what functions those respective forms provide for the betterment of the Madison community. Our landscape analysis was focused on the most popular parks as indicated by our survey: James Madison Park, Henry Vilas Park, Tenney Park, and Edward Klief Park. Incorporating respondent data with our literature review, we determined that Madison residents have access to a high quantity of high quality parks. Considering the limitations of this project, and the relatively homogenous survey pool, we conclude that Madison parks provide an ideal standard for congruent urban parks.