Most neighborhood parks in the United States are geared towards younger people which may limit the amount of people who use them.
Researchers analyzed the use of more than 170 parks across the country finding most places had few activities to attract adults and older people.
Study authors say even girls and young women are less likely than males to play in a neighborhood park.
The study discovered walking loops were the most effective at getting older people to the park for physical activity.
And gyms, fitness zones and exercise areas also helped to get older people moving.
Study authors say relatively modest investments could help make parks much more conducive to physical activity for everyone.
And they hope could help park managers better understand who is using their facilities and how they can accommodate these people.
The study appears in the “American Journal of Preventive Medicine.”