America's Best City Parks

March 3, 2011 21 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Jacksonville operates the largest urban park system in the United States, providing facilities and services at more than 337 locations on more than 80,000 acres located throughout the city. However, quantity doesn't always equate to quality. According to Forbes Magazine, here is a list of urban public spaces that are considered some of America's Best "City" Parks.

Central Park, New York

Any discussion of American city parks would be incomplete without mention of the granddaddy of them all, New York's Central Park. "Commenced in 1856, it was the first purpose-built public park in North American," writes Tate. Designed by Calverty Bowyer Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead, Central Park's highlights include the Conservatory Gardens, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and nearly 9,000 benches.

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