Surveying Interests of Community in Performing Exercises towards the Utilization of Public Open Spaces
Cucu Hidayat, Aang Rohyana
This study aimed at determining the interests of community in utilizing the public open spaces as a place to exercise commonly. Another purposse of this study was to inform stakeholders about the outcomes related to the low level of community interests in employing public open spaces. Grounded in quantitative research paradigm, this study applied survey as a research method. The data were collected through Cluster Sampling (Area Sampling). Besides, Stratified Random Sampling was deployed as well since the population encompasses non-homogeneous members viewed from the age groups. The present study involved 100 people as samples classified into four age categories, namely the children under 15 years (N=25), the adolescents with 15-25 years (N=25), the adults with 26-50 years (N=25) and the elderly beyond 50 years (N=25). The results demonstrated that children under 15 years reached 81.78% of interests representing a very high or very interested attitude. Besides, the adolescents with 15-25 years indicated a very high or very interested attitude signified by 82.65% as the amount of interests. Moreover, the adults with 26-50 years designated their interests about 80.20% epitomizing high level of interests and an interested attitude. Furthermore, the elderly beyond 50 years showcased their intererests at 82.64%. With this in mind, the existence of Dadaha Public Open Space (hereafter, DPOS), particularly in Tasikmalaya encouraged people to perform exercises with a high level of interests.