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10 Great City Parks of North America, Europe

Infrastructurist bring us a nice post on great urban parks in North America and Europe.

Everyone knows what a urban park looks like, right? It tends to be a parcel of green space in a sea of asphalt and concrete and glass. But, of course, there are innumerable variations on that principle. We thought it would be fun to take ten of the world’s largest, most famous, and most beautiful city parks–some combination of those virtues, anyway–and view them from above, all at the same scale, to get a sense of how they’re situated in the fabric of their respective cities and how they work as a whole. How do the world’s great parks compare?

Check out the post to see all of the images and park descriptions. The parks covered: Central Park in New York, Retiro Park in Madrid, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Tiergarten in Berlin, Stanley Park in Vancouver, Monsanto Park in Lisbon, Balboa Park in San Diego, Hyde Park in London, Mount Royal Park in Montreal and lastly, Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris, seen below and about which we just posted.)

[Thanks to Landscape+Urbanism for pointing us there.]

3 Responses

  1. Thanks for posting. It would be really great if someone kept a list of the oldest and largest urban parks outside the U.S. 😉

  2. “It tends to be a parcel of green space in a sea of asphalt and concrete and glass.” So true, I love that quote! City parks are a true retreat for city dwellers these days.

  3. I just started compiling my own list of Great City Parks. I picked Prospect over Central Park by the way. Would love to debate that pick with someone. Other entries, thus far, include the National Mall, Stanley Park, and Boston Common (which I’m not sure belongs on the list). Plan on focusing soon on Chicago’s lake front (easy pick over Millenium), Portland, and San Francisco.

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