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pazhouhanfar M. Preference study for Urban Parks Activities using Multiple Method Group: A Case of Gorgan City. IJAUP. 2016; 26 (1) :29-38
URL: http://ijaup.iust.ac.ir/article-1-179-en.html

PHD Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engeneering, Golestan University, Gorgan, Golestan, Iran
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Current literatures on urban parks and green spaces showed that people’s preference for visiting urban parks in various group users is different. People visit parks for various motives and activities, leading to several patterns of park usability. However, the patterns in urban park use in majority of Iran cities are not yet known. This study presented the preference for activity in urban parks among people in Gorgan city. A survey research was conducted to gain understanding of respondents’ preferences for activity in urban parks. The Data was collected among 300 visitors of two well-known urban parks in Gorgan. Visitors rated preference for four activities: relaxation, socializing, nature involvement, and playing activities. The results revealed that the people of Gorgan chose relaxation and nature involvement as the most preferred activities whilst socializing and playing were the least preferred activities. Furthermore, a significant difference in two variables: relaxation and nature involvement activity was found among marital status and visitor age groups. The results also indicated the role of urban parks on psychological needs of the citizens, which creates urban nature as a valuable urban resource and key component for city sustainability. This result contributes notions towards significantly impacting design of urban parks and their facilities that designers and decision makers should manage those facilities to satisfy the visitors’ needs.

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Type of Study: Research Paper | Subject: Landscape Architecture
Received: 2014/03/1 | Accepted: 2016/03/15 | Published: 2016/06/28

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