Green and gold: nice metropolis parks across the world – readers’ ideas | Travel

Winning tip: Frogner Park, Oslo

In a notoriously costly metropolis, this free park a 40 minute stroll from the centre of Oslo is each a luscious inexperienced expanse and an open-air artwork exhibition. Designed by 20th-century sculptor Gustav Vigeland, it’s home to over 200 statues of individuals operating, dancing, arguing, hugging, and extra in addition to, specified by a moving Wheel of Life. Open all 12 months spherical, it’s busy in summer season with locals bringing picnics and barbecues, and, as befits a park full of sculptures depicting households in all totally different shapes and kinds, it’s a terrific spot to go to with youngsters because of Vigeland’s specifically designed playground.

Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

Rockabilly followers in Yoyogi Park. Photograph: Alamy

This park showcases the various sides of Japanese tradition. There are biking trails, gardens and ponds, and the chance for out of doors actions comparable to skating and jogging. The park’s timber burst into flower throughout cherry blossom season, and 1000’s of individuals head there to take pleasure in hanami picnics. What units the park aside is the chance to witness quite a few cosplayers, fashionistas, road artists and rockabilly dancers who collect on Sundays in full 1950s apparel to carry out to Elvis tracks close to the Harajuku entrance.

Jingshan Park, Beijing

Beijing, China at the Imperial City north gate. From Jingshan Park

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Just throughout the street from the northern gate of the Forbidden City is Jingshan Park. It prices about 30p to enter, however the view from the pavilion atop the factitious hill is magnificent. It presents the perfect views of the Forbidden City and the close by Beihai pagoda and park, and for those who go to in winter you must also see ice skaters on the Shichahai lakes. As with most Chinese parks, you’re additionally prone to discover locals singing, dancing or practising Tai Chi.
Ashley Lightfoot

Lumpini and Benjakitti parks, Bangkok

Sunset over Benjakiti park in Bangkok

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Bangkok isn’t recognized for its inexperienced areas: Lumpini park, with its lake and monitor lizards being the primary city-centre draw for joggers, walkers and vacationers. What few folks appear to find out about is the elevated walkway from Lumpini, via quiet communities, alongside a canal and over the expressway to Benjakitti park, which has a big lake in landscaped gardens, with a operating and biking path. The elevated walkway is accessible to bicycles too, and presents the prospect to see into some typical Thai city backstreets, whereas doubling your park expertise. It’s notably helpful for these who desire a quiet technique to stroll from Lumpini to the Asoke space, or runners in search of extra than simply infinite loops of Lumpini. The walkway is within the far north-east nook of Lumpini park.

Deer Park, Delhi, India

Hauz Khas village fort by the Deer Park, Delhi.

Hauz Khas village fort by the Deer Park, Delhi. Photograph: Alamy

At the Deer Park in south Delhi, guests can stroll amid historic tombs from the Mughal period and look ahead to monkeys, deer and peacocks. In the night, cease at close by rooftop bar the Haus Khas Social, and revel in sundown over the park.

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Al Bidda Park, Doha, Qatar

Al Bidda Park

As building continues apace for the 2022 World Cup, Qataris are creating new parks and revamping outdated ones. Al-Bidda, Arumailah and Wadi-Al-Sail parks are replete with flowering shrubs, wild grasses and leafy timber interspersed with canopied walkways, shaded play areas and fountains. Al-Bidda was reopened in February. Walking, operating and biking tracks wind spherical free-to-use tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, and open-air gyms. After doing its virtually 200 hectares, you’ll fancy a relaxation, and there are a great deal of benches dotted round. You’ll additionally work up an urge for food. Cafes have but to open, however there are barbecuing stations all through. Clean and free bathroom amenities are an added boon. There aren’t any fences and it seems to be open 24 hours. We left at 10.30pm and households had been nonetheless arriving.

Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines

Philippines, Manila

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An unlimited inexperienced oasis full of historical past in the midst of Manila, Rizal Park comprises a full-size diorama of the execution by firing squad of a nationwide martyr. Erected on the precise spot the place the Spanish shot independence activist and ophthalmologist José Rizal in 1896, it may be reached following the brass footsteps that start at Fort Santiago’s outdated jail and which hint Rizal’s final stroll. The park comprises different markers for the executed, alongside an avenue of busts honouring many nationwide heroes, an enormous statue of Lapu-Lapu, a 16th-century warrior who fought the Spanish, a planetarium, two nationwide museums, a Japanese backyard, a Chinese backyard, musical fountains and a lake containing a big 3D reduction map of the Philippines and its many islands. The park offers a haven for locals and vacationers, attracting a wealthy range of individuals and Asian cultures.
Ian Conrich

Turia Gardens, Valencia

People walking and enjoying the Turia Gardens by the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia.

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Running proper via the guts of Valencia, the Turia Gardens as soon as contained the Turia river. In 1969, to forestall flooding, the river was diverted and the outdated river mattress was transformed right into a park sunken into the town. It runs for 9km and comprises orange timber, sports activities amenities and playgrounds (together with a large-scale Gulliver for youngsters to clamber over). Hire a motorcycle (BR Bikes, €9 a day, and cycle from Bioparc Valencia – a zoo park – on the north-western finish of the park to the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences close to the coast.
Lisa Hatfield

Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Paris

Temple de la Sibylle, rotunda on the Ile du Belvedere in Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Paris

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This 25-hectare park within the untouristy north-eastern 19th arrondissement is stuffed with surprises. Opened in 1867, its origins lie within the stone quarries that equipped the fabric for all these Haussmann avenues. It presents nice views over Paris and features a 30-metre waterfall, a suspension bridge, a lake, a grotto and a temple. The sloped lawns are nice for a picnic watching the solar go down with a bottle of wine. For youngsters there are Les Guignols (the French model of Punch & Judy), pony rides and honest rides – all from one other period. For adults there’s the fashionable bar Rosa Bonheur in a 1900 guinguette to the north of the park. On the southern fringe there’s a restaurant, Le Pavilion du Lac , in one other restored 19th-century constructing, which has an enormous terrace.

Park de la Grange, Geneva

La Grange Park Geneva

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An excellent park with massive grassy hills overlooking the lake in addition to probably the most fantastic rose backyard, Park de la Grange additionally has an excellent and large playground for youths of all ages. In phrases of tradition it not solely has a theatre but additionally the Ella Fitzgerald stage, the place concert events happen in the course of the summer season providing all the things from Portuguese Fado music to Dr Feelgood.
Rebecca Matthews

Botanical gardens, Chișinău, Moldova

Botanical Gardens of Chisinau

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If you take pleasure in visiting locations off the crushed observe, the Botanic Gardens of the Academy of Sciences in Moldova’s capital metropolis are very rewarding. The park is an enormous 76 hectares of inexperienced area sandwiched between the gray, concrete residence blocks of the town. Established by the Russian Academy of Science, it’s a ghost of Moldova’s Soviet previous. The Moldovan government has set free sections of the park to personal corporations in an try to revitalise it, and there at the moment are playgrounds, cafes and rental bikes inside it. Entrance is 10 leu (45p) or 35 leu for a tour (£1.50).

Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand

The Cloud Court and reflection, Hamilton Gardens

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This sprawling park on the banks of the Waikato river within the east of Hamilton is the jewel within the crown of this small metropolis. Highlights embody the 20 or so themed gardens together with Japanese, mid-century trendy, Tudor and a standard Māori backyard. Kids like it as a lot as adults (the mid-century trendy backyard’s shallow pool is stuffed with paddling toddlers on a scorching summer season’s day) and there are additionally a few playgrounds. You also can obtain exercise sheets to maintain the little ones entertained at Good clear loos, a restaurant and loads of shady picnic spots too.

Barefoot Park, Medellín, Colombia

Children Sitting in the Water Features at the Parque de los Pies Descalzos

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Slip off your sneakers and therapeutic massage your toes on the shale path earlier than benefitting from de-ionising toxins on the garden past, the place guests are invited to hug a tree. Barefoot Park in central Medellín (Parque Pies Descalzos) was designed within the 1990s to scale back stress – and it succeeds. Visitors can lose themselves within the scent of eucalyptus leaves and wander via a log maze, earlier than soaking their toes in one of many swimming pools.

Trinity-Bellwoods, Toronto, Canada

Hanging Out In Trinity Bellwoods Park

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You’re spoilt for alternative relating to metropolis parks in Toronto, and whereas High Park on the outskirts might be the preferred, it’s the downtown Trinity-Bellwoods that’s my favorite. All primary necessities are met – picnic benches, tennis courts, a splash pad for when it’s scorching and an ice rink for when it isn’t. Its downtown location means there are many locations close by to seize some food and drinks (Dundas St West’s Tampered Press is nice). However, it’s the guests and occasions that make this park so particular, from the farmers’ market and the drum-circle the place drummers of all expertise and disciplines meet on a Sunday to bang out a beat, to the park’s annual “bed-in” impressed by John and Yoko. Also, maintain your eyes peeled for the park’s most well-known resident – an albino squirrel.

Lincoln Park, Chicago

City skyline from Lincoln Park, Chicago

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Lincoln Park, behind South Lagoon on the Lake Michigan shoreline, brims with amenities. The most notable is the zoo (free entry all 12 months) which has varied sections, together with a farm, and a nature path boardwalk with spectacular views throughout the town. There’s an enormous conservatory showcasing crops from all varieties of world climates, a butterfly home and a spectacular lily pool. Not solely are all points of interest free, however there are common guided excursions from Friday to Sunday. In addition, there are seven protected, sandy seashores, together with the enduring Oak Street seashore, which is framed by skyscrapers and lapped by the lake.

Zilker Metropolitan Park, Austin, Texas

Mother/son feeding waterfowl, kayakers. Zilker

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This fantastic area is sufficient purpose by itself to go to Austin. The 142-hectare park is simply throughout the Colorado river from the town centre. We fortunately spent a day strolling alongside the Lady Bird hike and bike path whereas enviously watching folks kayak within the cool waters under. The massive Barton Springs Pool, fed by pure springs, is the right place for a swim or simply to calm down within the solar. Our youngsters liked the Zilker miniature practice. Next time, we’ll discover time to squeeze in a musical on the Hillside Theatre.

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