Recreation conflict perception among visitors to Tuen Mun Park, Hong Kong, China: Outgroup evaluation, resource specificity, and lifestyle tolerance

Kenneth K K WONG, Xiaojiang YU

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Abstract

Recreation conflict is a common problem in many outdoor recreation areas. In Hong Kong's Tuen Mun Park, the growing numbers of music performers has increased conflict among park users. This study adopts Jacob and Schreyer's (1980) model of recreation conflict to examine conflict perception among park users. Data were collected from an on-site survey of park users (n = 314) and a telephone survey of Tuen Mun New Town residents (n = 744). Jacob and Schreyer's model provides a partial explanation for differences in recreation conflict perceptions among user groups in the park. The findings confirm the hypothesis that frequent park users are more prone to experiencing conflict. Moreover, age and cultural background are the key factors influencing conflict perception. The findings suggest that efforts are needed to promote understanding and acceptance of the needs of other user groups in public spaces, which requires a thorough review of the current government policy on recreation space and facility development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-362
Number of pages14
JournalManaging Leisure
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

User-Defined Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • lifestyle tolerance
  • outgroup evaluation
  • recreation conflict
  • resource specificity

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