Mapping Public Open Spaces in Arusha City, Tanzania
In Tanzania, there are several measures and efforts to protect nature for environmental, ecological, and tourism purposes. These measures are focused mainly on large, bio-diverse and relatively untouched ecosystems. However, little attention has been paid to the type of natural environments that are close to where people live and work, including small-scale green areas in cities or towns, and their benefits to people. This is the case despite the empirical evidence stressing the importance of natural environments for socio-economic and psychological benefits to urban residents, including enhancing quality of life.
The terms public parks, green spaces, open spaces or public open spaces are all used as synonyms to refer to publicly accessible land that is set aside for recreation, leisure, sport, conservation and/or associated environmental and urban design functions. A number of studies have demonstrated numerous benefits linked to the use of public open spaces, which include physical and psychological benefits, health benefits, mental health and well-being, and environmental benefits in this climate changing globe. Participation in a broad range of leisure activities has the potential to assist in social learning which includes tolerance, respect, cooperation, and leadership.
This project was designed to create an understanding of the availability and quality of parks, and the public perception about the parks in Arusha city