This study aimed to determine the quality criteria that are effective in assessing urban parks as qualified/successful places, which are arranged in order to meet the needs of people living cities for access to natural environment and opportunities for social communication. As a result of a comprehensive literature research, quality criteria for urban parks are defined as accessibility, activities/variety, comfort and image and sociability. User-behaviour, needs and expectations were also taken into consideration, as these components will also play an important role in the quality of the place. The determined quality criteria were assessed at Alaaddin Hill, a big tumulus place in the city centre of Konya that serves as an urban park. A questionnaire survey was carried out on a heterogeneous group consisting of 350 people chosen at random. The quality of the Alaaddin Hill site was assessed through interpretation of field observations and questionnaire responses. It was concluded that the four criteria examined were very important to the assessment of a successful urban park and should inform the design principles of such projects.
Key words: Urban park, quality criteria, Alaaddin Hill, Konya.
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