Alyssa Aglipay Successfully Defends her MSc Thesis

The HEAL would like to congratulate Alyssa Aglipay who successfully defended her MSc thesis under the supervision of Dr. Jason Gilliland in August 2023.


Alyssa Aglipay successfully defended her thesis titled Examining the Relationship Between Park Design and Children’s Park Use and Play Behaviours in London, Ontario using Behaviour Mapping. Alyssa completed her Master of Science in Geography and Environment under the supervision of Dr. Jason Gilliland. During her studies, Alyssa examined how park design influences children’s park use and play behaviours with the aim of identifying what features can be improved to better facilitate child engagement in adventurous play and diverse play types.

Using London, Ontario as a case study, nine 1.5-hour observational sessions of behaviour mapping were conducted in each park. 248 play events were observed in Lorne Avenue Park, a hybrid natural park and 310 play events were observed in Carriage Hill Park, a traditional park. The location and prevalence of risk-related behaviours, outdoor play types, physical activity intensity levels, and environmental interactions were determined, revealing existing features in each park that support positive risky play and diverse play types.

This study reveals key features that can inform the design of balanced, safe, and challenging play spaces within a Canadian context.

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