Original Article

The effects of recreational demand characteristics on space preference in urban forests


Republic of Turkey General Directorate of Highways, Van,


İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, Faculty of Forestry, İstanbul, Turkey


Marmara University, Faculty of Sport Sciences, İstanbul, Turkey

FORESTIST 2019; 69: 103-116
DOI: 10.26650/forestist.2019.19002
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Natural areas are important in meeting theneeds of people in recreation. While these areas are planned, care should betaken to create a sustainable space to protect the natural environment and meetthe needs of visitors. It is also important to observe visitors to providequality recreation facilities that meet the needs and demands of visitors whileprotecting nature. The types of functional areas used by visitors, the kinds ofroutes preferred by reaching these areas, the most or least visited places, andthe kinds of activities preferred by different groups to determine the flow anddensity of the area provide the necessary information to plan these areas in abetter way. Knowing this preference makes it easier to meet the demand ofvisitors. In the present study, the spatial distribution of visitors in KocaeliUrban Forest was investigated to reveal the flow of visitors. The effect on thespatial distribution of road attributes with spatial features has beenrevealed. Furthermore, the relationship between the visit and the spatialdistribution characteristics was analyzed. Finally, the study was revisedcompletely, and suggestions were made about the urban forest.

Cite this paper as: Canatanoğlu, E.,Çağlayan, A.Y., Karagözoğlu, C., 2019. The Effects of Recreational DemandCharacteristics on Space Preference in Urban Forests. Forestist 69(2): 103-116.

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