What do city parks mean to you?

I received an email from Park People today about a national conference that is being held next March.  They are putting together a stellar line up and looking for presenters, workshop leaders and want to help sponsor delegates to attend this event.  Perhaps this type of event would interest you?

It got me thinking about the importance of city parks and how right now it feels like they are an underutilized gem in many cities.  I remember walking around in Paris and being amazing at how many people were out - reading in parks, sunbathing, having picnics, playing games, riding bikes...

You do see that here in Canada but not as much as in Europe.  And I was wondering what do parks mean to you?

Are they a place to walk your dog?


Play your guitar?


A destination for your bike ride?


A place for recreation and outdoor picnics?


A place to try out something new?


A wilder place to explore?


Or a place to watch the world go by?


What do city parks mean to you?

12 comments:

  1. I love city parks and am fortunate to live beside Britannia beach and Britannia conservation area. I can't imagine what my life would be like if I wasn't able to do my daily walk along the Ottawa river or Mud Lake.

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    1. Laura - I love this - how amazing it must be to be so close to those city conservation areas!

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  2. Now that I am a Freelance Writer, I have the time to explore city parks. I go to them to discover a new place in my "backyard." It's a chance for me to get out of my apartment, take in fresh air and see what other people are up to during the day! I live in a lovely area of the San Francisco Bay Area in California and I want to get to know my surroundings better...the park is a great place to start!

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    1. Eva - I'm really enjoying reading your jaunts in nature. Such a good point about your local park being a great place to start! Thanks so much for your comment!

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  3. I love city green spaces to enjoy a quiet walk. We are along the river and it is so nice to walk away from street traffic and being able to stop and observe the wildlife We also enjoy having large green fields to play sports in. And mostly we enjoy the calm that nature brings....

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    1. It's so true - there is a calm that nature provides which is such a benefit for everyone in the city. Love that your experiences are so varied - thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. I am fortunate to live in the country with loads of nature all around, so I can enjoy many things at home that urban folks do at parks. Nevertheless, I love my town's parks and those in Ottawa, near where I live, as they make me feel so good as I drive or walk by. Just looking at nature has been proven to improve our health on all levels, and I can sure feel it in me. I also love parks that have those windy paths that entice me to follow and see what lies beyond, like a unique view of the river or an opening with a wild flower or bird singing. They are also a great place to sit and enjoy a sandwich or muffin I just bought while out doing errands! I am also glad to know that our ever pollinators and songbirds etc. have green corridors and expanses for food and shelter.

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    1. Hi Sarah! Oh so true about those visions of green. Yes! It's nice to have these places for those short experiences also - a place to pause in a busy day. And your description of the enticing path - it resonates! Thanks so much.

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  5. Parks to me mean beautiful, preserved, natural elements for all of us to treasure, protect, and enjoy. I absolutely love trail walking, smelling the fresh crisp autumn air, with the leaves rustling about my feet...it's one of the most peaceful, wonderful experiences one could ever have. Katherine, I support you fully in your endeavours!

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    1. Finally back to blogging - sorry for the delay in response! I love what you say about treasuring urban green spaces and what a sensory delight they are. Beautiful words!! Thanks so much Bonnie - big hug to you, my friend in T.O.

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  6. It's great being close to parkland in the city. When I go for a run I can enjoy seeing the bikers, walkers and other runners in a much more natural and relaxing setting than being on the sidewalk next to a road.
    It's a much safer place to take the kids biking too.

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    1. Andrew - I so appreciate your comments!! So true about how much more calming it is and less stressful to be in natural areas when out and exercising. Especially for youth! Thanks so much for dropping by my friend!!

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