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Old 05-16-2013, 01:31 PM
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I'm pretty sure the National Mall is a park that's why my list is as follows.

1. DC (National Mall & Rock Creek)
2. NYC (Central Park AND the little pocket parks everywhere)
3. San Fran (Golden Gate Park and Golden Gate Bridge area)

Disclaimer: I have never been to Denver or Chicago
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:57 PM
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Pittsburgh has a very big park system, public spaces, and the city is just all around Lush and Green...


Public Spaces/Squares

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Old 05-16-2013, 02:00 PM
Location: East End of Pittsburgh
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I just left the farmers market @ market square (Downtown Pittsburgh). The annual farmers market started today.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:40 PM
Location: Bellingham, WA
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It would be ridiculous to leave Denver off the map, but it's in a little bit of a unique situation. There are nearly 6,000 acres of parks within the "Denver City Park" designation (within city limits), including City Beautiful gems like City Park (the view you always see with mountains behind the skyline) and Washington Park. BUT, the reason Denver is not usually at the top of everyone's list is because most people don't realize that the City of Denver owns 14,000 acres in the "Denver Mountain Park" system- outside city limits- that truly sets it apart. The Denver Mountain Park System was planned by Frederick Law Olmstead and includes landmarks such as Red Rocks Amphitheater and Park, most of Mount Evans (highest paved road in N. America), Lookout Mountain, and the Winter Park Ski Area, among many others.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:53 PM
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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Downtown Houston Parks:

Market Square:

Discovery Green:

Allen's Landing:

Root Square:

Hermann Square:

Sam Houston Park:

Elenor Tinsley Park:

Houston Aquarium:

Quebedeaux Park:

Buffalo Bayou Park:

These are just the downtown parks. There are at least double that number when Midtown and East Downtown are included. Plus My favorite Park is Memorial Park just south of Midtown and there is also the Huge Memorial Park nearby.

I like that there are green squares every couple of blocks in Houston. You are never too far away from a park here.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:16 PM
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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My guess would be NYC, DC, Philly, SF, Seattle, and maybe Chicago.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:36 PM
Location: Limbo
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Minneapolis is almost 17% parkland. As a park system, I believe it easily ranks in the top 10 in the nation.

I'm both surprised and impressed by Houston!
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by slowlane3 View Post
Downtown, Savannah, GA is noted for its little square parks, every few blocks. Where "Forrest Gump" in the movie ate his box of chocolates.
Savannah is famous for being laid out around 24 squares in the 18th and 19th centuries: Squares of Savannah, Georgia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:42 PM
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While it's not in the US, Stanley Park in Vancouver is top notch and you can count on one hand the number of parks in the US that can come close to matching it, imo.

But for the US, my favorite cities for parks are Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, New Orleans and Philadelphia.
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:57 AM
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I was curious about how many acres of park there are in my city and stumbled across this website:


The only issue I have with it is that is the 40 largest cities by population, so it includes huge suburbs like Mesa and sunbelt cities with relatively small metro populations while leaving off the anchor cities of bigger metro areas with small city limits like Cleveland, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh.
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