Author(s): ASSESMENT OF THE PICNIC AREA OF BOZTEPE AS URBAN FOREST
Unplanned urbanization and intensive caused by rapid population growth in recent years, located in the cities has led to the degradation of green areas..This situation has begun to create social and environmental problems in the life of the city's people. the concept of the urban forest, which is intended to be built in and around the city as a solution to the problem, has come to the agenda. The notion of "urban forest", which is among the Widely adopted urban green space systems both in Turkey and around the world, has derived from the Efforts to turn urban spaces into more habitable places and decrease the negative effects. Urban forests are supplementary elements that contribute to the society in economic, ecologic, sociologic and aesthetic terms, and that connect urban and rural texture to one another. In the current study, taking into consideration the demand of the residents of Trabzon for a quality green space, we will analyze whether Boztepe forestland could be turned into an urban forest in terms of the criteria: distance to the city center, areal extent, access, recreational utilization, vegetation and capacity. In order to scrutinize the area of study in recreational sense, a survey study will be conducted with urban people, and in this way, the recreational capacity of the area will be revealed. Given the amount of green space per capita is quite small in Trabzon, a substantial increase will be seen in the green space per capita thanks to the study being conducted. Therefore, it is assumed that this advantage will offer new opportunities of utilization to people living in Trabzon in recreational terms.