The Planning and Use of Outdoor Recreational Public Open Spaces in Gaborone
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One of the urban development problems which has not yet received much attention is outdoor recreational public open spaces. Therefore, this study sets out to investigate the way recreational open space problems manifest themselves in Botswana, using Gaborone as a reference point. The main contention here is that open s~aces are a neglected area of developemt and as a ~"result, they do not evoke the interest of the city dwellers. The modified version of Lancaster's Model, of 1983 was used to conceptualize the problems. The legislation has fairly covered the provision of open spaces. The big problem which emanated from this study is that open spaces are not developed, as such there seem to be a deficit in their supply especially when it comes to sports grounds. It was also empi rLc e.Ll.y established that social amenities like toilets, benches, dust bins etc are not provided for. The study further revealed that the Section of Parks, Cemeteries and Open Spaces is technically and professionally incapable of efficiently carrying out its responsibilities. In order to cub this problems, it is suggested that the local government s~uld give priority to the development of open spaces.
Department of urban and regional planning.