Factors Influencing Diversity in Urban Park Utilization in Nairobi City County, Kenya
The relationship between the diversity in urban park utilization and variables that influence it has so far been expressed in heuristic terms which lack the rigours of statistical analyses. The current study investigated factors affecting diversity in urban park utilization in the gazetted urban parks within Nairobi City County in Kenya. Survey method was used, employing observation and interview checklists in data collection. The study targeted a total sample size of 185 park spaces out of a population of 341 spaces. Data collected was analyzed quantitatively, using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) software, version 21. Multiple regression analysis results revealed that diversity in urban park utilization is critically influenced by three factors namely; accessibility to park spaces, built environment and park features. Therefore, to promote diversity in park utilization, the study recommends integration of park features, built environment and accessibility concerns in park design and development process by designers and planners.