Community Participation in Urban Planning: The case of managing green spaces in Kumasi, Ghana

Lauren Andres, Collins Adjei Mensah, Paul Baidoo, James Kweku Eshun, Kwabena Barima Antwi

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The entrenched position now taken by participatory planning in urban planning practice has made the call for community participation in the planning process now higher than ever. Community participation has been well-acknowledged to give local people a voice in planning decisions. This paper assessed the level of participation by local people in the management of urban green spaces. Using a case study research approach, Kumasi city, once the garden city of Africa was selected as the study area. The Kumasi city authorities, and residents including opinion leaders, and officials of allied bodies on green spaces constituted the study’s target population. A blend of qualitative research techniques such as in-depth interviews, focus group discussion, and personal observation was employed whilst theoretical sampling technique was adopted. It was found out that the participation of the local people in the management of green space was low. The local people were neither consulted nor informed on green space projects (parks and gardens) by the city authorities. They were also not empowered to self-facilitate initiatives on green spaces and passively involved in final decisions on green spaces. To correct the situation, it is recommended that features of the communicative planning theory such as dialogue, consensus building, and facilitative leadership should be given attention in the urban planning system of Kumasi especially on green space projects.
Original languageEnglish
JournalUrban Forum
Early online date23 Nov 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Nov 2016


  • Community participation
  • Urban planning
  • Green spaces
  • Kumasi
  • Ghana


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