中国地理科学(英文版) ›› 2004, Vol. 14 ›› Issue (3): 269-275.

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USERS′ PERCEPTION OF KOWLOON PARK, HONG KONG:VISITING PATTERNS AND SCENIC ASPECTS

WONG Koon-kwai1, Manfred DOMROES2   

  1. 1. Geography Department, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, P.R.China;
    2. Geography Department, Mainz University, 55099 Mainz, Germany
  • 收稿日期:2003-08-25 出版日期:2004-09-20 发布日期:2011-12-15
  • 作者简介:WONG Koon-kwai(1950- ), male, a native of Guangdong Province, Ph.D., associate professor, specialized in the analy- sis of human-environment interaction. E-mail: kenwong@hkbu.edu.hk
  • 基金资助:

    Under the auspices of the Germany-Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme (No.GER/99-00/01) and the Faculty Re-search Grant of the Hong Kong Baptist University (No.FRG/00-01/I-38)

USERS′ PERCEPTION OF KOWLOON PARK, HONG KONG:VISITING PATTERNS AND SCENIC ASPECTS

WONG Koon-kwai1, Manfred DOMROES2   

  1. 1. Geography Department, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, P.R.China;
    2. Geography Department, Mainz University, 55099 Mainz, Germany
  • Received:2003-08-25 Online:2004-09-20 Published:2011-12-15

摘要:

Hong Kong is a hyper-dense city with 7×106 people living in an area of 1100km2. One way to improve the livability of compacted and congested cities like Hong Kong is through the provision of urban parks, an aspect that has largely been under-researched. This study focuses on how users perceive and utilize various facilities in the Kowloon Park. The findings revealed that the Kowloon Park is one of the most preferred parks in Hong Kong for both local residents and tourists. Users were quite satisfied with the park's facilities. Notably, the most important component of an urban park is its greenery. This is followed by water elements, seating places, and facilities for various recreational activities. The improvements users would like to see in urban parks include good design and management, meeting users' needs, overcoming barriers to use, and providing a high quality and varied experience for different groups in the community. The findings of this study provide a good basis to address park management issues from the users' perspective. In particular, parks should provide easy access, encourage optimum usage and enable complimentary improvements to the environment.

关键词: urban park, visiting pattern, user perception, urban park management

Abstract:

Hong Kong is a hyper-dense city with 7×106 people living in an area of 1100km2. One way to improve the livability of compacted and congested cities like Hong Kong is through the provision of urban parks, an aspect that has largely been under-researched. This study focuses on how users perceive and utilize various facilities in the Kowloon Park. The findings revealed that the Kowloon Park is one of the most preferred parks in Hong Kong for both local residents and tourists. Users were quite satisfied with the park′s facilities. Notably, the most important component of an urban park is its greenery. This is followed by water elements, seating places, and facilities for various recreational activities. The improvements users would like to see in urban parks include good design and management, meeting users′ needs, overcoming barriers to use, and providing a high quality and varied experience for different groups in the community. The findings of this study provide a good basis to address park management issues from the users′ perspective. In particular, parks should provide easy access, encourage optimum usage and enable complimentary improvements to the environment.

Key words: urban park, visiting pattern, user perception, urban park management

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