The Info List - Park

A park is an area of natural, semi-natural or planted space set aside for human enjoyment and recreation or for the protection of wildlife or natural habitats. It may consist of grassy areas, rocks, soil and trees, but may also contain buildings and other artifacts such as monuments, fountains or playground structures. In North America, many parks have fields for playing sports such as association football, baseball and football, and paved areas for games such as basketball. Many parks have trails for walking, biking and other activities. Some parks are built adjacent to bodies of water or watercourses and may comprise a beach or boat dock area. Often, the smallest parks are in urban areas, where a park may take up only a city block or less and is ideally within a 10-Minute Walk
10-Minute Walk
of its residents. Urban parks often have benches for sitting and may contain picnic tables and barbecue grills. Parks have differing rules regarding whether dogs can be brought into the park: some parks prohibit dogs; some parks allow them with restrictions (e.g., use of a leash); and some parks, which may be called "dog parks", permit dogs to run off-leash. The largest parks can be vast natural areas of hundreds of thousands of square kilometers (thousands of square miles), with abundant wildlife and natural features such as mountains and rivers. There are also amusement parks which have live shows, fairground rides, refreshments, and games of chance/skill. Amusement parks are the largest types of park in the world. In many large parks, camping in tents is allowed with a permit. Many natural parks are protected by law, and users may have to follow restrictions (e.g., rules against open fires or bringing in glass bottles). Large national and sub-national parks are typically overseen by a park ranger or a park warden. Large parks may have areas for canoeing and hiking in the warmer months and, in some northern hemisphere countries, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in colder months.


1 History 2 Design

2.1 Role in city revitalization 2.2 Design for safety 2.3 Women as a measure of safety

3 Active and passive recreation areas 4 Parks owned or operated by government

4.1 National parks 4.2 Sub-national parks 4.3 Urban parks 4.4 Linear parks 4.5 Country parks

5 Private parks 6 See also 7 References 8 External links


Depiction of a medieval hunting park from a 15th-century manuscript

The first parks were English deer parks,[citation needed] land set aside for hunting by royalty and the aristocracy in medieval times. They had walls or thick hedges around them to keep game animals (e.g., stags) in and people out. It was strictly forbidden for commoners to hunt animals in these deer parks. These game preserves evolved into landscaped parks set around mansions and country houses from the sixteenth century onwards. These may have served as hunting grounds but they also proclaimed the owner's wealth and status. An aesthetic of landscape design began in these stately home parks where the natural landscape was enhanced by landscape architects such as Capability Brown. As cities became crowded, the private hunting grounds became places for the public. With the Industrial revolution
Industrial revolution
parks took on a new meaning as areas set aside to preserve a sense of nature in the cities and towns. Sporting activity came to be a major use for these urban parks. Areas of outstanding natural beauty were also set aside as national parks to prevent their being spoiled by uncontrolled development. In some parks or time periods with high pollen counts, parks tend to be avoided.[1] Design[edit] Park
design is influenced by the intended purpose and audience, as well as by the available land features. A park intended to provide recreation for children may include a playground. A park primarily intended for adults may feature walking paths and decorative landscaping. Specific features, such as riding trails, may be included to support specific activities. The design of a park may determine who is willing to use it. Walkers may feel unsafe on a mixed-use path that is dominated by fast-moving cyclists or horses. Different landscaping and infrastructure may even affect children's rates of use of parks according to sex. Redesigns of two parks in Vienna suggested that the creation of multiple semi-enclosed play areas in a park could encourage equal use by boys and girls.[2] Parks are part of the urban infrastructure: for physical activity, for families and communities to gather and socialize, or for a simple respite. Research reveals that people who exercise outdoors in green-space derive greater mental health benefits.[3] Providing activities for all ages, abilities and income levels is important for the physical and mental well-being of the public.[4][5] Parks can also benefit pollinators, and some parks (such as Saltdean Oval) have been redesigned to accommodate them better.[6] Some organisations, such as Xerces Society
Xerces Society
are also promoting this idea.[7] Role in city revitalization[edit] City parks play a role in improving cities and improving the futures for residents and visitors. For example, Millennium Park
in Chicago, Illinois[8] or the Mill River Park
and Green way in Stamford, CT.[9] One group that is a strong proponent of parks for cities is The American Society of Landscape
Architects . They argue that parks are important to the fabric of the community on an individual scale and broader scales such as entire neighborhoods, city districts or city park systems.[10] Design for safety[edit]

A well-lit path in Dehli's Garden of Five Senses

Parks need to feel safe for people to use them. Research shows that perception of safety can be more significant in influencing human behavior than actual crime statistics.[citation needed] If citizens perceive a park as unsafe, they might not make use of it at all.[5] A study done in four cities; Albuquerque, NM, Chapel Hill/Durham, NC, Columbus, OH, and Philadelphia, PA, with 3815 survey participants who lived within a half mile of a park indicated that in addition to safety that park facilities also played a significant role in park utilization and that increasing facilities instead of creating an image of a safe park would increase utilization of the park.[11] There are a number of features that contribute to whether or not a park feels safe. Elements in the physical design of a park, such as an open and welcoming entry, good visibility (sight lines), and appropriate lighting and signage can all make a difference. Regular park maintenance, as well as programming and community involvement can also contribute to a feeling of safety.[12] While Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) has been widely used in facility design, use of CPTED in parks has not been. Iqbal and Ceccato performed a study in Stockholm, Sweden to determine if it would be useful to apply to parks.[13] Their study indicated that while CPTED could be useful, due to the nature of a park, increasing the look of safety can also have unintended consequences on the aesthetics of the park. Creating secure areas with bars and locks and lower the beauty of the park, as well as the nature of who is in charge of observing the public space and the feeling of being observed.[13] Women as a measure of safety[edit]

The examples and perspective in this article deal primarily with the United States
United States
and do not represent a worldwide view of the subject. You may improve this article, discuss the issue on the talk page, or create a new article, as appropriate. (March 2015) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

In the United States, the standard for safety in parks is increasingly measured by whether women feel safe in that particular location.[14] This was originally identified by the urban sociologist William H. Whyte in his 1988 studies in New York.[15] Research reveals that women have a different sense of safety compared to men, whether they are walking in their neighborhood or in a park.[16] Dan Biederman, President of the Bryant Park
Corp. stated "Women pick up on visual cues of disorder better than men do.... And if women don't see other women, they tend to leave."[14] Whether or not a woman feels safe can determine how much physical activity she has and if it will reach the recommended level for good health and disease prevention.[16][17] Park designers and planners can take several steps to increase safety from assault, including providing sufficient lighting, having patrols by police officers or other safety officials, and providing emergency buttons for summoning assistance. Active and passive recreation areas[edit]

Burnside Skatepark in Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
is one of the world's most recognizable skateparks.

Parks can be divided into active and passive recreation areas. Active recreation is that which has an urban character and requires intensive development. It often involves cooperative or team activity, including playgrounds, ball fields, swimming pools, gymnasiums, and skateparks. Active recreation such as team sports, due to the need to provide substantial space to congregate, typically involves intensive management, maintenance, and high costs. Passive recreation, also called "low intensity recreation" is that which emphasizes the open-space aspect of a park and allows for the preservation of natural habitat. It usually involves a low level of development, such as rustic picnic areas, benches and trails. Many smaller neighborhood parks are receiving increased attention and valuation as significant community assets and places of refuge in heavily populated urban areas. Neighborhood groups around the world are joining together to support local parks that have suffered from urban decay and government neglect. Passive recreation typically requires little management and can be provided at very low costs. Some open space managers provide nothing other than trails for physical activity in the form of walking, running, horse riding, mountain biking, snow shoeing, or cross-country skiing; or sedentary activity such as observing nature, bird watching, painting, photography, or picnicking. Limiting park or open space use to passive recreation over all or a portion of the park's area eliminates or reduces the burden of managing active recreation facilities and developed infrastructure. Many ski resorts combine active recreation facilities (ski lifts, gondolas, terrain parks, downhill runs, and lodges) with passive recreation facilities (cross-country ski trails).[citation needed] Parks owned or operated by government[edit] National parks[edit]

Northeast Greenland National Park, the world's largest national park

Main article: National park A national park is a reserve of land, usually, but not always declared and owned by a national government, protected from most human development and pollution. Although this may be so, it is not likely that the government of a specific area owns it, rather the community itself. National parks are a protected area of International Union for Conservation of Nature Category II. This implies that they are wilderness areas, but unlike pure nature reserves, they are established with the expectation of a certain degree of human visitation and supporting infrastructure. While this type of national park had been proposed previously, the United States
United States
established the first "public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people", Yellowstone National Park, in 1872,[18] although Yellowstone was not gazetted as a national park. The first officially designated national park was Mackinac Island, gazetted in 1875. Australia's Royal National Park, established in 1879, was the world's second officially established national park.[19] The largest national park in the world is the Northeast Greenland National Park, which was established in 1974 and currently protects 972,001 km2 (375,000 sq mi)[20][21] Sub-national parks[edit] Main articles: State park
State park
and Provincial park In some Federal systems, many parks are managed by the sub-national levels of government. In Brazil, the United States, and some states in Mexico, as well as in the Australian state of Victoria, these are known as state parks, whereas in Argentina, Canada
and South Korea, they are known as provincial or territorial parks. In the United States, it is also common for individual counties to run parks, these are known as county parks. Urban parks[edit]

Yoyogi Park
Yoyogi Park
is a large urban park in Tokyo.

Main article: Urban park A park is an area of open space provided for recreational use, usually owned and maintained by a local government. Parks commonly resemble savannas or open woodlands, the types of landscape that human beings find most relaxing. Grass
is typically kept short to discourage insect pests and to allow for the enjoyment of picnics and sporting activities. Trees are chosen for their beauty and to provide shade. Some early parks include the la Alameda de Hércules, in Seville, a promenaded public mall, urban garden and park built in 1574, within the historic center of Seville; the City Park, in Budapest, Hungary, which was property of the Batthyány family and was later made public. An early purpose built public park was Derby Arboretum
Derby Arboretum
which was opened in 1840 by Joseph Strutt for the mill workers and people of the city. This was closely followed by Princes Park
in the Liverpool suburb of Toxteth, laid out to the designs of Joseph Paxton
Joseph Paxton
from 1842 and opened in 1843. The land on which the Princes park was built was purchased by Richard Vaughan Yates, an iron merchant and philanthropist, in 1841 for £50,000. The creation of Princes Park showed great foresight and introduced a number of highly influential ideas. First and foremost was the provision of open space for the benefit of townspeople and local residents within an area that was being rapidly built up. Secondly it took the concept of the designed landscape as a setting for the suburban domicile, an idea pioneered by John Nash at Regent's Park, and re-fashioned it for the provincial town in a most original way. Nash's remodeling of St James's Park
from 1827 and the sequence of processional routes he created to link The Mall with Regent's Park
Regent's Park
completely transformed the appearance of London's West End. With the establishment of Princes Park
in 1842, Joseph Paxton
Joseph Paxton
did something similar for the benefit of a provincial town, albeit one of international stature by virtue of its flourishing mercantile contingent. Liverpool
had a burgeoning presence on the scene of global maritime trade before 1800 and during the Victorian era its wealth rivalled that of London itself. The form and layout of Paxton's ornamental grounds, structured about an informal lake within the confines of a serpentine carriageway, put in place the essential elements of his much imitated design for Birkenhead Park. The latter was commenced in 1843 with the help of public finance and deployed the ideas he pioneered at Princes Park
on a more expansive scale. Frederick Law Olmsted
Frederick Law Olmsted
visited Birkenhead Park in 1850 and praised its qualities. Indeed, Paxton is widely credited as having been one of the principal influences on Olmsted and Calvert's design for New York's Central Park
Central Park
of 1857.

Central Park
Central Park
in New York City
New York City
is the most-visited urban park in the U.S.[22]

Another early public park is the Peel Park, Salford, England opened on August 22, 1846.[23][24][25] Another possible claimant for status as the world's first public park is Boston Common (Boston, Massachusetts, USA), set aside in 1634, whose first recreational promenade, Tremont Mall, dates from 1728. True park status for the entire common seems to have emerged no later than 1830, when the grazing of cows was ended and renaming the Common as Washington Park
was proposed (renaming the bordering Sentry Street to Park
Street in 1808 already acknowledged the reality). Linear parks[edit] A linear park is a park that has a much greater length than width. A typical example of a linear park is a section of a former railway that has been converted into a park called a rail trail or greenway (i.e. the tracks removed, vegetation allowed to grow back). Parks are sometimes made out of oddly shaped areas of land, much like the vacant lots that often become city neighborhood parks. Linked parks may form a greenbelt. Country parks[edit] Main article: Country park In some countries, especially the United Kingdom, country parks are areas designated for recreation, and managed by local authorities. They are often located near urban populations, but they provide recreational facilities typical of the countryside rather than the town. Private parks[edit]

This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (June 2014) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

Private parks are owned by individuals or businesses and are used at the discretion of the owner. There are a few types of private parks, and some which once were privately maintained and used have now been made open to the public. Hunting parks were originally areas maintained as open space where residences, industry and farming were not allowed, often originally so that nobility might have a place to hunt – see medieval deer park. These were known for instance, as deer parks (deer being originally a term meaning any wild animal). Many country houses in Great Britain and Ireland still have parks of this sort, which since the 18th century have often been landscaped for aesthetic effect. They are usually a mixture of open grassland with scattered trees and sections of woodland, and are often enclosed by a high wall. The area immediately around the house is the garden. In some cases this will also feature sweeping lawns and scattered trees; the basic difference between a country house's park and its garden is that the park is grazed by animals, but they are excluded from the garden. See also[edit]

Conservation area Landscape
architecture List of national parks Protected area Public open space Royal forest Urban open space


^ "Bad hayfever: how can you make it stop?".  ^ Foran, Clare (September 16, 2013) "How to Design a City for Women" The Atlantic Cities. ^ Kaplan, R. & Kaplan, S. 1989. The Experience of Nature: A Psychological Perspective. Cambridge:Cambridge University Press. ^ Friedman, D. Dannenberg, A. Frumkin, H. Design and Public Health: Working Hand-in-Hand for Better built Environments Arcade Summer 2013. ^ a b National Recreation
and Park
Association. Issue Brief: Creating Safe Park
Environments to Enhance Community Wellness. ^ "For Bee-Friendly Parks, Head For the Great Unmown". citylab.com.  ^ "Pollinator-friendly parks" (PDF). xerces.org.  ^ "ASLA 2008 Professional Awards". www.asla.org. Retrieved 2016-11-17.  ^ "2015 ASLA PROFESSIONAL AWARDS". www.asla.org. Retrieved 2016-11-17.  ^ "Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes". www.asla.org. Retrieved 2016-11-17.  ^ Lapham, Sandra C.; Cohen, Deborah A.; Han, Bing; Williamson, Stephanie; Evenson, Kelly R.; McKenzie, Thomas L.; Hillier, Amy; Ward, Phillip (2016-09-01). "How important is perception of safety to park use? A four-city survey". Urban Studies. 53 (12): 2624–2636. doi:10.1177/0042098015592822. ISSN 0042-0980.  ^ "Key Factors in Planning, Designing and Maintaining Safer Parks - Project for Public Spaces".  ^ a b Iqbal, Asifa; Ceccato, Vania (2016-06-01). "Is CPTED Useful to Guide the Inventory of Safety in Parks? A Study Case in Stockholm, Sweden". International Criminal Justice Review. 26 (2): 150–168. doi:10.1177/1057567716639353. ISSN 1057-5677.  ^ a b Paumgarten, Nick (3 September 2007). "Girl-Counter Counting visitors in Bryant Park". The New Yorker.  ^ Whyte, William H.; Underhill, Paco (2009). City: Rediscovering the Center (reprint ed.). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 9780812220742.  ^ a b Velasquez KS, Holahan CK, You X (January 2009). "Relationship of perceived environmental characteristics to leisure-time physical activity and meeting recommendations for physical activity in Texas". Prev Chronic Dis. 6 (1): A24. PMC 2644604 . PMID 19080030.  ^ Harrison RA, Gemmell I, Heller RF (2007). "The population effect of crime and neighborhood on physical activity: an analysis of 15,461 adults". J Epidemiol Community Health. 61 (1): 34–39. doi:10.1136/jech.2006.048389. PMC 2465585 . PMID 17183012.  ^ "Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920". memory.loc.gov.  ^ "National parks". Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. Australian Government. 31 July 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2014.  ^ Statistics Greenland, Greenland in Figures, 2009 ^ "The National Park". Greenland.com. Retrieved 2013-06-18.  ^ "About the Central Park
Central Park
Conservancy". Central Park
Central Park
Conservancy. Retrieved July 15, 2010.  ^ Salford City Council: Parks in Broughton and Blackfriars Retrieved on September 3, 2008 ^ Papillon Graphics' Virtual Encyclopaedia of Greater Manchester: The Campaign for City Parks in Manchester and Salford Archived September 22, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on September 6, 2008 ^ University of Salford: Peel Park
Retrieved on September 7, 2008

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Parks.

 Olmsted, Frederick Law (1879). "Park". The American Cyclopædia. 

v t e

Real estate developments


Airport Business park Commercial area Mixed-use development Office building Port


Retail park Riverfront Shopping mall
Shopping mall
/ center Shopping streets and districts Warehouse District


Business cluster Industrial district Industrial park Technology centers


complex Bungalow court City block Company town Golf course community Gated community Housing estate Intentional community Mixed-use development Model dwellings for the poor Multi-family residential Private community Public housing Residential area Retirement community Revenue house Single room occupancy Subdivision Tract housing

Science / Education

Campus Research park


Satellite campus Science park


Arcology Garden city movement Model village Planned cities Planned community Urban open space



Apartment House


Skyscraper Tower block Villa


land Cemetery Cluster development Construction Context theory Eminent domain Greenfield land Greyfield land Land-use planning Park Parking Playground Redevelopment Regional planning Urban design Urban planning Zoning

Authority control

LCCN: sh85098119 GND: 4044673-6 BNF: cb11933025j (data) N