|A group of joggers warming up at a meeting point in the Stadtwald, a forested park in Bremen, Germany|
Urban parks are meet-up places. On beautiful days, a small city park—even the planted square or triangle at a street corner—is a great place for a lunch break, while a larger park always becomes a recreation hot spot. For example, the Stadtwald in the city of Bremen, Germany, is a popular place for jogging (top picture), outdoor gymnastics and segway tourings. The Stadtwald—literally meaning city forest—is too small to be considered a wilderness forest. But located between Bremen's Bürgerpark and University quarters, the wider Stadtwald area provides an extensive trail network attracting young and old to leave office or home for a work-out among trees and alongside waterways.
|Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Sculptured ways near Groningen's central station|
For example, a broad walk & bike way connects the central station in the Dutch city of Groningen with other parts of that city (picture above).
Elevated walkways such as those in Hamburg's Speicherstadt are smart and scenic solutions to pedestrian flow, heightening travelers three-dimensional city experience.
A straight promenade under trees, which connects the Idlewood Park in Reno, Nevada, with Wingfield Park island, squeezes in between the Truckee River and Riverside Drive (picture below), adding an illusion of infinity to occasionally confining city life.
Ask the park designer in you what park features are special about your city and what you would improve? In some years your ideas may have become reality.
|Snowy Truckee River walk in Reno|
Keywords: recreation, cityscaping, urban planning, urbanistics, urban geography.
 Ken Otterbourg: Urban Parks. National Geographic April 2016, 229 (4), 86-107.
 Boston Common: http://www.cityofboston.gov/freedomtrail/bostoncommon.asp.