How can neighborhood quality be achieved through a focus on recreational areas for the entire community?
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- Studentoppgaver (TN-ISØP) 
In this thesis the basis has been on the guidelines presented by Jan Gehl, Poortinga and a questionnaire for the municipality of Kristiansand. Based on these guidelines, recreational areas can have a positive effect on neighborhood quality if they are planned correctly. Jan Gehl presents a 12 quality criteria list with topics within protection, comfort and enjoyment, working as a “checklist” for å quality neighborhood. From Poortinga the most important features presented are the feeling of attachment and satisfaction, green areas and quiet spaces. As well as absence of graffiti, vandalism and litter. This is also evident from a questionnaire conducted in Kristiansand where the case study is located. The questionnaire mappes out the population’s housing preferences and gives an impression of what direction Kristiansand municipality should develop into. Here the most important factors for choosing a resident were noise/pollution and the proximity to nature and sea. From these criterias the recreational areas hold a big factor. The feeling of attachment will be present by the recreational areas bringing all people together, not just kids and their parents. To show how this can be done the case study presents a proposal with an overall concept for the area, as well as 11 different recreational areas. These areas all have unique elements, making sure there is something for everyone, as well as being universally designed and features to create an inclusive neighborhood. The proposal includes a number of recreational areas that are targeted for people of all ages. There are areas meant to be used by the adult residents where they have good possibilities for randomly meeting and getting in contact with other residents. By providing recreational areas with different qualities residents can find something fitting their preferences and meet others with the same passions. This can lead to more conversations between residents and the wish to form a stronger community.