My opinion is that today’s city parks are designed to appeal to everyone. So, they appeal to no one.
In San Antonio, it seems every park has the following:
- Some benches
- Some walking trails
- Some water fountains
- A lawn or two
- Some fences
- Some trees
So, our parks seem to be mostly just generic and boring. I don’t know anyone that is truly passionate them.
It’d be great to see some city parks be designed to appeal to more specific communities so we have public spaces that excite our residents.
There’s lots of examples — though most are from parks designed in the 19th century. One of my favorites is in San Francisco. A portion of Golden Gate park is dedicated to skate dancing: