Shining examples of transforming spaces to alter health behaviour

Written by Dr Nicola Eccles

We have previously highlighted global examples of active design at the Center for Active Design.

CP Active values the extensive information which the Center for Active Design communicates though it’s website. Shining examples of transformed spaces include:

Brooklyn Bridge Park

This former cargo shipping site, which was inaccessible, was transformed into a waterfront park covering 85 acres of urban land. Whilst not yet fully complete the site already receives around 120,000 visitors on a summer weekend. With fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline and a multitude of transport options to reach the site, Brooklyn Bridge Park is an innovative space which bolsters community identity and creates active recreation.

Key features include: nine children’s playgrounds; athletic spaces including basketball courts, a kayaking dock and a full-size roller rink; the central element titled the “Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway,” with 14 miles of path for pedestrians, runners, and cyclists.

The design and planning of this space is so considered that it included sound-attenuating hills. These absorb and deflect traffic noise from the triple cantilever of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) producing a peaceful environment for the user in the middle of the busy traffic.