A GIS-based Multicriteria Decision Making Approach for Evaluating Accessibility to Public Parks in Calgary, Alberta

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Issue: Volume 9, Issue 1, 2015

Abstract

This paper presents a Geographic Information System based Multicriteria Decision Making approach for evaluating accessibility to public parks in Calgary, Alberta. The approach involves the weighted linear combination with the entropy weighting method for obtaining the criterion (attribute) weights. The paper demonstrates a core-periphery pattern of accessibility to public parks in Calgary. Furthermore, the pattern has shown tendency to be more polarized between the year of 2006 and 2011. The results of this research can help the park planning authorities in identifying the needs for improving the accessibility to public parks, monitoring the changes of accessibility patterns over time, and locating new public parks. The results can also help the general public to better understand the spatial relationship between their neighbourhoods and public parks in the city. 

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Yunliang Meng (a)*, Jacek Malczewski (b)

(a) Central Connecticut State University

(b) Western University

* Corresponding author. Email: mengy@ccsu.edu

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