The relevance and preferred features of green parks in Ghana: A study of Manhyia District in Kumasi
Different socio-economic characteristics of users affect preferred green park features which in turn correlate with park usage and activities. This study used questionnaires to examine firstly, the perception of the residents of Manhyia sub-metro about the relevance of green parks using the relative importance index formula and secondly, their preferred green park features since the sub-metro has made a decision to create a new green park. The study revealed that, the residents of Manhyia put a high premium on the creation of green parks, since 60.6 % of them deem green parks as very important, 28.7% as important and 9.6% as quite important. Only 1.1% opined that green parks are not important. Among the perception variables, the results showed a high perception index of 0.87 for green parks as places of relaxation and stress relief. The presence of a) water/fountains/ponds b) serene atmosphere with benches under trees, and c) play equipment for children were the three most preferred green park features by the respondents. The study also revealed that, the socio-economic backgrounds of residents are strong determinants of green park features. For green parks to be well patronized, park features should satisfy the needs of potential users.
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