Our earlier studies have shown that besides distance, green space quality as experienced by users is very important in explaining green space use. But what is this experienced quality exactly? Can we measure it? And how can we use this knowledge in planning, designing and managing urban green space? To be able to work with the experience concept in urban green space planning Berggren-Bärring & Grahn (1995) developed 8 park characteristics based on a large survey of urban park use in 3 Swedish cities. The 8 characteristics were described with a mix of words related to both the abstract experience as well as the physical environment causing the experience. Since 1995, the 8 park characteristics have been further the developed by Grahn and his colleagues, slightly changing in content and exact wording over the years. The 8 characteristics have not specifically been developed for use as a practical tool by city planners or landscape architects, and using them in practise proved to be rather difficult. Several practical applications inspired by, and to a certain extent based on, the 8 park characteristics have been developed over the years in Sweden, Finland and Denmark. And all these methods have in common that they use the characteristics of the physical environment associated with the experiences to identify the green space value. However, when the green space values identified in this manner should be ‘translated’ back into user experiences and benefits related to these experiences, problems arise since the relation between physical characteristics and experiences is not 1:1. To overcome this problem, we developed a method that takes its starting point in the ‘other side’ of the original 8 park characters; the abstract experience. We went back to the original 8 park characters and tried to identify the ‘abstract experience’ behind each of them. And since abstract experiences are subjective, we opted for the development of a method in which an expert goes out to each green space and estimates which experience a visitor would receive there. To test the validity and usability of our method, we compared the results of questionnaires among 2300 users of 20 urban green spaces in 5 Danish municipalities with the results of our expert quality assessment in the same 20 areas. Our results show a high correlation between the experiences reported by users and experienced recorded by experts.