IPARC faculty and students are engaged in research to understand how recreation, parks, and outdoor spaces contribute to physical activity in communities. Findings can inform policy-makers, park planning and design, and practitioners in community recreation programs, schools, senior centers, and more.

kids swinging

IPARC research projects have examined:


  • Adult Use of Parks (Tampa, Chicago)
  • Children’s Use of Neighborhood Parks (Durham, NC)
  • Park Proximity and Park Use
  • Built Park Environments and Physical Activity


  • School Intramural Sport Study (Wake County, NC)
  • Joint Use Facilities (Wake County, NC)


  • Park and Recreation Department’s Inclusion in NC Master Plans
  • Walkability in “new urbanist” and suburban neighborhoods


  • Health Impact of NC Senior Games
  • Physical Activity in Summer Camps