With spring in the air, now is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy free fun in your local city park. We asked a team of park and planning experts to help us nominate the top city parks in the United States. Nearly 60 parks were brought into the discussion, but we narrowed it down to 20 of the best to turn over to our readers to vote.
After four weeks of voting, the polls are closed and the results are in. In an extremely close finish, Forest Park in St. Louis took home top honors. Texas won big as well, with the remainder of the top five finishers located in the state.
The top 10 winners in the category of Best City Park are as follows:
- Forest Park - St. Louis
- Klyde Warren Park - Dallas
- Zilker Park - Austin
- Discovery Green - Houston
- Buffalo Bayou Park - Houston
- Boston Common & Public Garden - Boston
- Grant Park - Chicago
- Prospect Park - Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City
- Central Park - New York
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Adrian Benepe (The Trust for Public Land), Kathy Madden (Project for Public Spaces), David Rouse (American Planning Association) and Barbara Tulipane (National Recreation and Park Association) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of parks and public spaces.
Additional nominees in the category Best City Park included Balboa Park in San Diego, Canal Park in Washington, City Park in New Orleans, Crissy Field in San Francisco, Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Griffith Park in Los Angeles, High Line in New York, Piedmont Park in Atlanta and Theodore Wirth Regional Park in Minneapolis.
Congratulations to all our winning city parks!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo