Volume 8, Issue 2, 2016
Authors: Collins ADJEI MENSAH
THE STATE OF GREEN SPACES IN KUMASI CITY (GHANA): LESSONS FOR OTHER AFRICAN CITIES
Integrating green spaces such as parks and gardens into the physical landscape of cities has been identified to enhance the health and wellbeing of urban dwellers. This paper assesses the state of green spaces in Kumasi city (Ghana), once known as the garden city of West Africa. Using a case study approach, a mixture of qualitative research techniques were employed whilst a set of eight themes were put together to guide the assessment. In all, green spaces were found to be in poor state. With the exception of conservation and heritage theme, the remaining seven themes that were used for the assessment all found the green spaces to be in poor state. It is therefore recommended that there should be an attitudinal change towards the maintenance of green spaces, the application of a collaborative governance approach, and priority giving to green spaces in all development agendas by city authorities.Key words: green spaces, urban landscape, urban quality of life, Kumasi, Ghana, Africa.