Many of the world’s cities seem like mazes of glass and concrete. Everywhere you look, you find tall skyscrapers, roads teeming with cars, and a whole lot of noise associated with city living. Not very appealing if you’re someone who enjoys being somewhere more tranquil, with lots of green space. Some cities contain large proverbial oases of green space, in which people can enjoy the sights and sounds of wildlife, play a sport, have a picnic, or simply take a relaxing stroll. These oases are known as urban parks.
Some can be accessed from within the city, others are found just on the outskirts of city limits. Parks located inside or on the outskirts of cities exist so that local residents and tourists have a place to go and get away from the hustle and bustle that constitutes normality in a large metropolis. But of course, the parks aren’t just for people. In fact, many large urban parks were created, first and foremost, to protect vulnerable ecosystems and habitats from destructive human activity.
Here are the 20 largest urban parks in the world.
|1.||Chugach State Park||United States||495,199.20 acres |
|2.||Gatineau Park||Canada||89,205 acres |
|3.||Table Mountain National Park||South Africa||54,610.30 acres |
|4.||Margalla Hills National Park||Pakistan||42,961.70 acres |
|5.||Pedra Branca State Park||Brazil||30,626.20 acres |
|6.||McDowell Sonoran Preserve||United States||30,394 acres |
|7.||Losiny Ostrov National Park||Russia||28,664.20 acres |
|8.||Franklin Mountains State Park||United States||24,246 acres |
|9.||Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge||United States||22,758.40 acres |
|10.||Bukhansan National Park||South Korea||19,748.70 acres |
|11.||South Mountain Park||United States||16,281.80 acres |
|12.||Changa Manga||Pakistan||12,515 acres |
|13.||Rouge National Urban Park||Canada||12,356 acres |
|14.||Government Canyon State Natural Area||United States||12,244 acres |
|15.||Appian Way Regional Park||Italy||11,317.40 acres |
|16.||Lee Valley Park||United Kingdom||10,000 acres |
|17.||Phoenix Sonoran Preserve||United States||9,612.40 acres |
|18.||Cullen Park||United States||9,270 acres |
|19.||Ulsan Grand Park||South Korea||8,995 acres |
|20.||Topanga State Park||United States||8,960 acres |