Landscape Values Mapping: Ashuelot River Park and Goose Pond Forest

Authors: Lisa Donnelly*, Keene State College
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Planning Geography
Keywords: GIS, PGIS, Parks, Recreation, “Landscape Values Mapping”, Community, Planning
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Presentation File: Download

The City of Keene, New Hampshire is well-known for its commitment to promoting sustainability. City staff and community volunteers actively work together to provide and maintain green spaces for residents and visitors, while taking care to preserve these natural resources for future generations. The goal of this project is to use Landscape Values Mapping to: explore how visitors to Ashuelot River Park and Goose Pond Forest use these spaces for different activities; identify potential conflicts of use; and find opportunities to increase access to these valuable natural areas. Landscape Values Mapping is a participatory geographic information systems method that empowers citizens to contribute input to land use planning processes. Online and paper surveys were used to collect data from Keene residents and park visitors. Survey participants were asked to identify where they enjoy various activities by placing points on a map digitally or with colored markers. Participants were also asked to identify which areas they consider to be safe or unsafe. Collected data were used to create a series of heat maps detailing visitor usage patterns and perceptions of safety. Changes and/or improvements that the public would like to see in these parks were summarized and included in the final report. The results of this project demonstrate how highly the community of Keene values these parks. The common theme is that survey respondents would like to see the needs of the public met without sacrificing or even drastically altering the natural beauty that is already present.

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