Jun 26, 2012 — It’s halfway through another 100-hour workweek and you're drowning in a sea of papers and to-do lists. But just before you pull your hair out, the site of the expansive park below your window brings a sigh of relief. You take a break, stroll into the park, and within five minutes, are deep enough to forget that you're surrounded by the noise and smog and bustle of the city. A barefoot walk through the grassy meadow and your brain is recharged, ready to go back to work knowing there is always something in the park to look forward to.
Cities may be known as concrete jungles of skyscrapers, roads, and metal, but they are just as much defined by their parks. Since the advent of the industrial city, green spaces have been critical to not only the aesthetic beauty of a metropolis but also the mental health of its residents. They offer seclusion, sports and leisure activities, and a reconnection with nature and the community.
Whether it’s to play a game of golf, go to a museum, or see a concert while lying out in a field, the great parks below provide enough space, activity, and tranquility to escape from the suffocating confines of the their manmade surroundings.
New York, NY 10019
Between Park Lane and Kensington Church Street and Bayswater Road
and Hyde Park Gate
300 061 2000
C/ Alfonso XII, 14
Between Stanyan Street to the east
and Great Highway to the west,
and Fulton Street to the north
and Lincoln Way to the south
San Francisco, CA 94118