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Managing Contested Greenspace: Neighborhood Commons and the Rise of Dog Parks

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Matisoff, Daniel; Noonan, Douglas
Journal: International Journal of the Commons
Volume: 6
Page(s): 28-51
Date: 2012
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8167
Sector: New Commons
Urban Commons
Subject(s): common pool resources
land tenure and use
urban affairs
Abstract: "Dog parks present an emerging class or urban environmental amenities. In order to develop a better understanding of dog parks, this article applies existing literature regarding urban parks and common pool resource (CPR) management to off-leash recreation areas. We develop a typology dog-park management and build upon a survey of 298 dog park users of a major dog park. We test the relationship between the perception of the park as a successfully governed CPR, and behaviour which contributes to collective action, such as contributing time, money, or to the upkeep of the park and developing a sense of community. We see strong relationships between these indicators of overcoming collective action problems and the four variables corresponding to design principles. Across all models, feeling involved in rule-making positively and significantly predicts more collective action or stronger sense of community."

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