Parks and Livability: Exploration of Leisure Time Activities

Wednesday, 18 July 2018
Distributed Paper
Naina SHARMA, University of Rajasthan, India
Leisure is an important contributing factor in increasing livability. The free dictionary defines livable as suitable to live in. Research has found positive relationship between availability of leisure activities and enhancement of Livability. Well developed public spaces like parks are not only a tangible reflection of the quality of life of the community but also provide identity for citizens and are a major factor in the perception of quality of life in a given community. Parks and recreation services are often cited as one of the most important factors in surveys of how livable communities are. Parks provide gathering places for families and social groups, as well as for individuals of all ages and economic status, regardless of their ability to pay for access. The present paper explores the relationship between the park goers of central park (a public park in Jaipur) and the enhancement of livability for them. The Central park came into existence 12 years ago and attracts people from all parts of the city. The park functions not only as the lung of jaipur but also provides a place for interaction for the citizens.