hit out of the park
Famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted said every city should have a large park for "unbending of the faculties." He designed some of America's most famous, beginning with New York City's Central Park and continuing with jewels in 30 other cities.
"Urban residents love street life but tend to realize that they're locked away from nature, where man began before cities existed," says Dan Biederman, lead consultant for the planning, operation, sponsoring, and programming of Houston's new Levy Park. "And they miss it."
With that in mind, here's a look at some of the most notable urban parks across the country. Not all are as large as Olmsted might have liked, but they still offer respite from the hustle of the surrounding city.