Here is a very pertinent article on the importance of parks.
“It impressed upon me the importance of not only having parks close at hand, but also having them be large enough to enjoy.”
City parks are somewhat under appreciated commodities, I think. You don’t notice how much you use them until they’re gone. That was my experience when I moved to Berkeley, California, an environmentally progressive city that oddly lacks a large, centrally located park. As a result, the smaller parks were very manicured and much too small—and crowded—to ever feel like you were getting away from the hordes. Read Article