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New York is a big city. Spanning over 1,214 km², New York is home to around 8.5 million people, making it the mostly densely populated city in the US. Living in such close quarters, it makes sense that New York City has such a variety of parks dotted throughout the city to create spaces for community engagement and interaction.
New York City has over 110 km2 of municipal parkland with the most well-known parks including Central Park, Prospect Park, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Forest Park, Madison Square Park and Washington Square Park.
For a concrete jungle that’s always bustling, there are lots of beautiful nature spots around the city where you can take some time out to smell the roses.
This urban park is a centre for relaxation and recreational activity. Opened in 1857, the 3.41 km2 nature haven is the site of The Lake (popular for rowing boats in the summertime), The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, The Victorian Gardens amusement park, The Metropolitan museum of art, The Natural History Museum and The Central Park Zoo.
By Central Park standards, Madison Square Park is a miniscule drop in the ocean. Though relatively small, this midtown park packs a punch! There’s a spacious dog run, a colourful playground for kids to run amok and large grassy areas on which to picnic in the warmer months. With a Shake Shack on the premises (a New York institution best known for milkshakes and burgers), Madison Square Park is a popular spot for a grabbing a bit at lunchtime or ducking out for a burger in the evening.
The High Line is probably one of the more unique parks in New York City, located in popular Meatpacking district, this intriguing public park is built on a historic freight rail line, elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. An impressive 2.33 km long, The High Line walk presents various flora, unique architectural design as well as spots for sitting and relaxing.