Determination of the preference of urban people in picnic areas with different landscape characteristics
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Access to open, green spaces for recreational purposes plays a significant role in the quality of the lives of city dwellers. Given this, such spaces should be provided, but quite what is required? Appropriately detailed research can help in the identification of principles capable of informing the work of landscape architects, designers and planners in the development, construction and restoration of such valuable green spaces. The objective of this study was to determine preferences and priorities among the urban population for open and green areas with differing landscape characteristics in Erzurum, Turkey in 2005. The results indicated that there were great differences in preferences for picnic sites regarding to income level, gender, age and occupational groups and people prefer the areas with higher natural beauties. The areas close to the city centre are preferred by the elderly people and those with a lower income level, while the further sites are preferred by the ones with a higher income level.