Recently named the best public space in canada out of the top 100, by SPACING magazine, and referred to by Great Streets author Allan Jacobs as possibly the most walkable seawall in the world, this is a great acheivement of public placemaking over generations.
Top 100 Public Spaces in the U.S.
Situated on the Biscayne Bay and at the edge of Downtown, this is one awesome public space in Miami. It is very accessible, as it is connected with areas north and south via the Bay walk and has its own stop on the Metro Mover that runs through Downtown and Brickell. Bayfront Park is home to many special events, in addition to free, weekly yoga classes and some of the City's best food trucks. The Park is great for running, ...more »
The Urban Park with many museums and the World Famous San Diego Zoo and the Old Globe Theatre, plus El Prado restaurant.
Located in the heart of downtown New Haven, CT, Temple Plaza was created in the 1990s by hollowing out the crumbling interior of a large city block. A close neighbor to New Haven's iconic central Green, this new public space is diametrically different in character. Small and irregularly-shaped, the delightful plaza is bordered by formerly hidden rear and side yard structures clad with utilitarian but eclectic architectural ...more »
A magical space within Golden Gate Park, the Botanical Gardens, formerly called the Arboretum, showcases plants from Mediterranean climates around the world. There are large lawns where people stretch out on blankets, goregous ponds, a boardwalk that takes you past prehistoric plants, and many winding paths for contemplative walkers. Outstanding site for bird watching. Neighbors have been fighting attempts to impose fees ...more »
Star Plaza, an outdoor urban park located in the center of the PlayhouseSquare District, is home throughout the year to many special events and annual celebrations. The Plaza, also known as the ninth stage in PlayhouseSquare, is wi-fi activated and presents an array of live performances and activities for the summer lunchtime crowds.
"Embarcadero Marina Park is not only a great place for the kids to run around, but it offers of San Diego’s best views. On the way, you’ll pass Broadway Pier, where the Coronado Ferry and Harbor Cruises depart. A little farther, at Harbor Drive and Ash Street, lies the Star of India. Don’t miss walking the decks of this magnificent ship and discovering San Diego’s rich maritime heritage. The other vessels in the Maritime ...more »
Green Lakes State Park's outstanding features are its two glacial lakes surrounded by upland forest. Both Round and Green Lakes are meromictic lakes, which means that there is no fall and spring mixing of surface and bottom waters. Such lakes have a high potential for evidence of ancient plant and animal life.
Market Square is a pedestrian mall that survived the death of pedestrian malls. Truly a place to live, work and play, Market Square is home to local restaurants and shops, residences, bars, and the Chamber of Commerce and other offices. It hosts the Market Square Farmers' Market evey Wed and Sat from May and November, an ice skating rink from Thanksgiving to New Year's, Movies on Market Square in the fall, and many other ...more »
I know, it costs a few bucks to get in. But it is still the most affordable way to get around the city and it is used by everyone, from the poor on up to the billionaire mayor! A subway car can be a serene reading room, a hopping music club, or a depressing homeless shelter. Whatever it is, residents and visitors are in it together. Where else does contact across every possible form of diversity occur shoulder to ...more »
Coney Island is different. Don't get me wrong: I love Central Park, Millennium Park, and Stanley Park, and I'm sure the others on this list are equally great. Pleasing environments bustling with pleasant people. But the Coney boardwalk on a fine day is a wonderful, vibrant place for all New Yorkers. The crowd is disproportionately people of color, and lower income, just like NYC. But, unlike many such spaces, white ...more »
Lake Eola Park is popular destination in the downtown Orlando area, with many people taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings to walk at lunch or the evenings. The sidewalk that circles the lake is .9 miles in length, making it easy for visitors to keep track of their walking or running distances. Other activities available to park visitors include renting swan-shaped paddle boats, feeding the live swans and other ...more »