Integration And Use Of Playgrounds Within The Neglected Green Spaces In Owerri Into Urban Life
Keywords:green spaces; playgrounds; recreation; neglected spaces
Playgrounds are used by both children and adults in neighbourhoods and layouts in urban areas, where they exist in different forms and sizes in order for them to fulfil the intended purposes. Recreational, as well as other economic activities that support them, take place in these spaces. Such informal playgrounds exist within and around the neglected green spaces in the layouts located in the Old Owerri urban area. These green spaces were structured into the urban development of Owerri by planning authorities, but have become neglected, with some undesirable activities taking place within them. This research sought to investigate the factors that influence the proper integration of these playgrounds into the neglected green spaces. The research method used was survey research with questionnaire administered on residents of selected layouts in Owerri. Obtained data was analysed using descriptive statistics and multiple regression analysis tools. Findings revealed that if these factors are taken into consideration, there will be proper integration of these playgrounds into the neglected green spaces in Owerri urban. It is recommended that the provision of these playgrounds in the green spaces should be done within the context of the actual needs of the users and provision of specific facilities for the different age groups should be done.
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