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Best City Park (2022)

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As we continue to social distance, public outdoor spaces have become more important than ever. City parks give us the chance to get outside, breathe the fresh air, and enjoy a sense of our local community. 

  • Forest Park (St. Louis)

    Forest Park (St. Louis)
    St. Louis, Missouri

    Located in the heart of St. Louis, Forest Park encompasses nearly 1,400 acres of land. It is one of the largest urban parks in the United States, nearly a third larger than New York City's Central Park. The park is widely used for outdoor recreation and features bicycle paths, jogging trails, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, boating and skating.
    Photo courtesy of Forest Park Forever

  • Klyde Warren Park

    Klyde Warren Park
    Dallas, Texas

    Perched atop a sunken freeway, this nationally acclaimed 5-acre oasis is just one of the examples of what makes Dallas' downtown area so dynamic. The park was opened in 2012 for the purpose of encouraging more pedestrian foot traffic to the area as well as to be a central gathering place for locals and visitors to enjoy. There are also special areas within the park allocated for kids, for dogs and for playing board games. A variety of food trucks park alongside.
    Photo courtesy of Cash Sirois

  • Falls Park on the Reedy

    Falls Park on the Reedy
    Greenville, South Carolina

    Mayors visit from all over the country to study Greenville's redeveloped riverfront. The small but scenic Reedy River passes through the heart of downtown, its surprising waterfalls best viewed from an award-winning pedestrian suspension bridge that spans the falls within Falls Park.
    Photo courtesy of VisitGreenvilleSC

  • City Park

    City Park
    New Orleans, Louisiana

    The largest green space in New Orleans, City Park boasts 1,300 acres featuring dozens of colorful original art installations, excellent sports facilities and beloved attractions, such as the New Orleans Botanical Garden and the New Orleans Museum of Art, all surrounded by picturesque lagoons and sprawling lawns. Park goers can walk, run or bike along the endless paths shaded by draping Spanish moss and ancient live oak trees.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Christian Ouellet

  • Balboa Park

    Balboa Park
    San Diego, California

    Encompassing 1,200 beautiful acres, San Diego's Balboa Park comprises several smaller attractions, including 17 museums, performing arts venues, numerous gardens and recreational trails. A free tram takes visitors around the complex, now listed as a National Historic Landmark.
    Photo courtesy of Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

  • Wissahickon Valley Park

    Wissahickon Valley Park
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Wissahickon Valley Park welcomes over one million visitors each year to enjoy the beauty and recreational activities available. This Philadelphia park offers more than fifty miles of challenging trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders to explore the forests and meadows. The park’s creek is stocked annually with trout for avid anglers, and birdwatchers visit the meadows to view dozens of different bird species. Additionally, visitors can come to a picnic area or pavilion to relax and enjoy meals with family or friends.
    Photo courtesy of Charles Uniatowski

  • White River State Park

    White River State Park
    Indianapolis, Indiana

    White River State Park occupies 250 acres in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. In addition to its trails, waterways and green spaces, the park is also home to several big ticket attractions, like the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indianapolis Zoo, Eiteljorg Museum and the NCAA Hall of Champions.
    Photo courtesy of Visit Indy

  • Bruce Park

    Bruce Park
    Greenwich, Connecticut

    This sixty-acre park in Greenwich offers a variety of activities, plus a scenic view of Long Island Sound. Walkers and joggers will enjoy the marked and measured trail, and ponds and wooded areas offer visitors a peaceful getaway. Tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a croquet court, a baseball diamond, and playgrounds are available for those more athletically inclined, and picnic areas are provided with tables and grills. Visit the hilltop gazebo, or pick a bench to sit, read and meditate in the beautiful surroundings.
    Photo courtesy of Audley C Bullock // Getty Images

  • Gathering Place

    Gathering Place
    Tulsa, Oklahoma

    Gathering Place, a new riverfront park in Tulsa, was designed as an inclusive green space where residents and visitors alike can relax and engage with one another. The expansive park makes use of more than 6 million gallons of water and 80 tree species, with attractions like multi-story fireplaces, an adventure playground, boathouse, sensory garden and a reading tree.
    Photo courtesy of Gathering Place

  • Hermann Park

    Hermann Park
    Houston, Texas

    This sprawling green space in the heart of the Texas Medical Center was gifted to the city of Houston in 1914 by George Hermann. Today, the park is home to the Houston Zoo, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Miller Outdoor Theatre, as well as a Japanese garden, a rose garden and a golf course (one of the first desegregated public courses in the country).
    Photo courtesy of Lifted Up Aerial Photography

  1. Forest Park - St. Louis, Missouri
  2. Klyde Warren Park - Dallas, Texas
  3. Falls Park on the Reedy - Greenville, South Carolina
  4. City Park - New Orleans, Louisiana
  5. Balboa Park - San Diego, California
  6. Wissahickon Valley Park - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  7. White River State Park - Indianapolis, Indiana
  8. Bruce Park - Greenwich, Connecticut
  9. Gathering Place - Tulsa, Oklahoma
  10. Hermann Park - Houston, Texas
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