David B. Klenosky

Research Interests:

Dr. Klenosky's research centers on the factors influencing decision making and behavior in recreation, tourism and related settings. He has expertise in a variety of methodological approaches ranging from quantitative analytic techniques, such as discrete choice analysis, to more qualitative approaches, such as laddering/means-end analysis (an approach for developing a better understanding of the variety of factors -- product attributes, desired benefits, and personal values -- involved in the decision-making process).  He has been involved in research projects conducted for a variety of agencies and organizations at the federal, state and local level that have explored issues related to park and trail use.  Over the past 15+ years, he has focused on the unique issues involved in studying and promoting recreation and park visitation behavior in diverse urban and metropolitan settings. 

Most recently, Dr. Klenosky has been working with a team of social scientists and recreation planners to better understand the ramifications of transforming the former Freshkills Landfill located in Staten Island, NY into a new urban park, Freshkills Park. At 2,200 acres, the site was once the largest and most active landfills in the world. Now the focus of a 30-year phased development project, when completed the former landfill site will include reclaimed wetlands, recreational facilities and landscaped public parkland; and will be the largest expansion of the NY City parks system in over 100 years. Dr. Klenosky and his team have conducted focus groups and resident surveys to better understand attitudes toward and intentions to visit Freshkills Park among Staten Island residents. This effort will provide important baseline data, which will serve as a foundation for documenting the degree to which behaviors and attitudes have changed during the park's evolution.

Dr. Klenosky's research has been published in a variety of outlets including the Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Leisure Research, Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Management, Journal of Sport Management, the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Landscape and Urban Planning, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, and Land Use Policy. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Travel Research.


Ph.D. (1990), Pennsylvania State University Department of Marketing, University Park
M.S. (1985), Michigan State University Department of Park and Recreation Resources, East Lansing
B.S. (1982), University of Massachusetts Leisure and Recreation Resources Program, Amherst

Selected Publications:

  • Klenosky, David B., Stephanie A. Snyder, Christine A. Vogt, & Lindsay Campbell (2017).  If we transform the landfill, will they come? Predicting visitation to Freshkills Park in New York City.  Landscape and Urban Planning, 167, 315-324. doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.07.011
  • Orstad, Stephanie L., Meghan McDonough, Peter James, David B. Klenosky, Francine Laden, Marifran Mattson, & Phillip J. Troped (2017).  The observed and perceived neighborhood environment and physical activity among urban-dwelling adults: The moderating role of depressive symptoms.  Social Science & Medicine, 190, 57-66.  doi.org/10.16/j.socscimed32017.07.026
  • Berlin, Kathryn, Tina Kruger, & David. B. Klenosky (2016).  Older women and activity: A mixed methods investigation of older women's motivations for continued activity.  Journal of Women and Aging, 1-11.  doi.org/10.1080/08952841.2016.1259439
  • Zhang, Lin & David B. Klenosky (2016).  Residents’ perceptions and attitudes toward waste treatment facility sites and their possible conversion: A literature review.  Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 20(1), 32-42.  doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2016.07.016 
  • Orstad, Stephanie L., McDonough, Meghan H., Klenosky, David B., Mattson, Marifran, & Philip J. Troped (2016).  Correlates of trail use for recreation and transportation on five Massachusetts trails.  Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13(8), 845-853.  doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2015-0457
  • Vogt, Christine A., Klenosky, David B., Snyder, Stephanie A., & Lindsay Campbell (2015).  Resident support for a landfill-to-park transformation.  Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 33(4), 32-50. doi.org/10.18666/JPRA-2015-V33-I4-6394
  • Klenosky, David B., Rebecca Perry-Hill, Nathan D. Mullendore, & Linda S. Prokopy (2015).  Distinguishing ambivalence from indifference: A study of attitudes toward land trusts among members and nonmembers.  Land Use Policy, 48, 250-260. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.06.006
  • Howell, Steven M., Klenosky, David B., & Chad E. McEvoy (2015).  Weather, timing, and promotions in minor league baseball: An examination of the International League.  Journal of Applied Sport Management, 7(2), 1-15.
  • Berlin, Kathryn L. & David B. Klenosky (2014).  Let me play, not exercise! A laddering study of older women’s motivations for continued engagement in sports-based versus exercise-based leisure time physical activities.  Journal of Leisure Research, 46(2), 127-152. 
  • Starnes, Heather A., Phillip J. Troped, David B. Klenosky, & Angela Doehring (2011).  Trails and Physical Activity: A Review.  Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8(8), 1160-1174. 
  • Klenosky, David B., Christine A. Vogt, Herbert W. Schroeder, & Cherie LeBlanc Fisher (2009). Place visitation, place avoidance, and attitudinal ambivalence: New concepts for place research in urban recreation settings. In Clifton E. Watts and Cherie L. LeBlanc (eds.), Proceedings of the 2009 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium, General Technical Report NRS-P-66. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 57-64.
  • Klenosky, David B. & Carol A. Saunders (2008).  Put me in the zoo: A laddering study of zoo visitors.  Tourism Review International, 11(3), 317-327.
  • Klenosky, David B., Cherie L. LeBlanc, Herbert W. Schroeder, and Christine A. Vogt (2007), Factors that Attract and Repel Visitation to Urban Recreation Sites: Project Overview, paper presented at the 2007 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium, Bolton Landing, NY, April 15-17, 2007. Paper published in: Cherie L. LeBlanc and Christine A. Vogt (comps.), Proceedings of the 2007 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium, April 15-17, 2007, Bolton Landing, NY. General Technical Report NRS-P-23. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 39-47.
  • Goldenberg, Marni A., Leo McAvoy, & David B. Klenosky (2005). Outcomes from the components of an Outward Bound experience.  Journal of Experiential Education, 28(2), 123-146.
  • Klenosky, David B. (2002). The "pull" of tourism destinations: A means-end investigation. Journal of Travel Research, 40(4), 385-395.
  • Basala, Sandra L. & David B. Klenosky (2001).  Travel style preferences for visiting a novel destination: A conjoint investigation across the novelty-familiarity continuum.  Journal of Travel Research, 40 (2), 172-182.
  • Klenosky, David B., Thomas J. Templin, & Josh A. Troutman (2001).  Athletic recruiting: A means-end investigation of student athletes' school choice decisions.  Journal of Sport Management, 15(2), 95-106.
  • Goldenberg, Marni A., David B. Klenosky, Joseph T. O'Leary, & Thomas J. Templin (2000).  A means-end investigation of ropes course experiences.  Journal of Leisure Research, 32(2), 208-224.
  • Klenosky, David B. and Richard Gitelson (1998). Travel agents' destination recommendations. Annals of Tourism Research, 25(3), 661-674.
  • Klenosky, David B. and Richard Gitelson (1997).  Characteristics of effective tourism promotion slogans: A view from the travel trade. Annals of Tourism Research, 24(1), 235-238.
  • Klenosky, David B.,Charles E. Gengler, and Michael Mulvey (1993).  Understanding the factors influencing ski destination choice: A means-end analytic approach.  Journal of Leisure Research, 25(4), 362-379. 
David Klenosky
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