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Recreation and tourism activities in urban open and green space facilities (UOGS) are crucial for the psychological, physical, and emotional well-being of residents, visitors/tourists, and the sustainability of the environment. Despite the importance of UOGS to humans and their environment, there are limited studies on the benefits and challenges confronting their management in urban areas, especially in developing destinations like Nigeria. This article examines the benefits and challenges associated with the management of UOGS, its environmental impacts, and sustainability in the metropolitan area of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (NFCT), Abuja. Data for the study were obtained from 6 facilities and service operators within the 6 districts of the NFCT. 60 copies of questionnaires were administered with a sub-total of 10 copies at each of the 6 selected locations. Descriptive and statistical analyses were employed for the study. The study revealed that improving our day-to-day lives and human health has the highest count of 13 and this represents 21.7%, constituting significant responses to the benefits of UOGS. However, responses from service operators reveal moderate patronage owing to inflation, and the rising cost of facilities services management which resulted in 15 counts, representing 25%. Nonetheless, the study findings reveal that the environmental impacts and sustainability of the UOGS do not vary significantly on human health and environmental quality in the NFCT. These findings have implications for the sustenance of services being provided by the management of UOGS for recreation and tourism, albeit with improvements by the operators and relevant council authorities. Policy on tax rebates to reduce the impact of inflation on the operators of the UOGS and monitoring of the UOGS by relevant authorities to ensure that the facilities are adequately maintained for sustainability can be considered.





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Urban green spaces challenges sustainability recreation tourism

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