Abstract: A successful park or green spaces can contribute to the wellness of public. Park should be high-quality public spaces that provide glorious greenery and nature for people to take pleasure in the park. Therefore, the introduction of a friendly public park is significant to ensure the people received the benefits from the park. However, many types of research either in academic or non-academic not described the term of the friendly public park thus, it has shown the gap of knowledge for this concept. The aim of this paper is to develop the friendly public park benchmarking in Malaysia. The objectives of this study are: to identify the understanding of friendly public park concept from local authorities and to develop the friendly public park benchmarking according to local authorities perspectives. An in-depth interview with the semi-structured question has used as tools to obtain the data from five respondents. The analysis shows that respondents agreed with safety (through seven attributes) and accessibility (through two attributes) as main components in friendly public park benchmarking. However, in term of features component (through two attributes), there is a various opinion that necessitates being a consideration before take in to measure the friendly public park benchmarking. The study suggests that local authorities should undertake comprehensive research in recognizing a friendly public park benchmarking to promote the sustainable development.
Ahmad Nazrin Aris Anuar, Che Bon Ahmad, Rabiatul Adawiyah Nasir and Nur Zufarahanim Natrah M. Zainuddin, 2016. The Development of Friendly Public Park Benchmarking: A Qualitative Study. The Social Sciences, 11: 4970-4976.