Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Policy and Management (PPM)


Public Policy and Management

First Advisor

Yuseung Kim, PhD


outdoor recreation, pandemic, social distancing, sustainable outdoor space, COVID-19


In this report we are exploring the significance of outdoor recreation and usage in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will discuss the importance of green space and outdoor recreation as a part of sustainability and what we can do for the future to provide sustainable and safe spaces for the public. I will be looking at the response of 119 individuals from a survey collected and three interviews from stakeholders in Maine on their experiences with the outdoors during COVID-19 and comparing these results to other similar findings. We can use this information from the COVID-19 experience to better support sustainable development for future towns and cities. With this information we can move towards the development of sustainable and safe outdoor spaces for the future in relation to the experience of the COVID-19 lockdown and pandemic in the state of Maine.



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