Master of Arts (MA)
Geography & Environmental Studies
Faculty of Arts
The park safety planning process currently in use limits users’ inputs to accident statistics. It would be better to more accurately anticipate accident-prone locations and to take preventative measures. A planning methodology is proposed which integrates the safety perceptions of park users into the decision-making for locating facilities and services: the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS) serves as a systematic planning guide for such decision-making and is compatible with park policy and objectives. Applications to Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia, and statistical and cartographic analyses of 273 questionnaires returned from there, indicate that park users’ perceptions can be advantageously incorporated into safety management planning. A sequence of steps for identifying and planning locations is developed and is applicable to other parks as well.
Waldichuk, Thomas Craig, "The incorporation of environmental perception information into wilderness park safety planning" (1987). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 305.