10 Parks that Changed America


It's tempting to think of our local parks as merely green space or somewhere to walk the dog. But many parks have a much more interesting story to tell.

Beyond providing relief from the gritty city or as a place to connect with nature and each other, these parks also can tell us a good deal about our evolving civic tastes and priorities; about key moments in the history of urban planning; and about who we were, and are, as a society.

We invite you to explore ten parks that had big impacts not only on their own cities, but on the idea of what a park can be.