While New York City may be known for its massive skyscrapers, never sleeping nightlife, and mile-a-minute urban sprawl, it also has a fair share of parks and greenery.
In fact, New York City has over 1,700 Parks! That’s about 29,000 acres or 14 percent of New York City!
New York City also has…
…800 athletic fields
…550 tennis courts
…66 public pools
…48 recreational facilities
…17 nature centers
…13 golf courses
…14 miles of beaches
…23 historic house museums
…600,000 street trees, and two million more in parks.
New York City’s Top Ten Largest Parks:
1. Pelham Bay Park, Bronx (2,765 acres)
2. Greenbelt, Staten Island (1,778 acres)
3. Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens (1,255 acres)
4. Van Courtlandt Park, Bronx (1,146 acres)
5. Central Park, Manhattan (843 acres)
6. Fresh Kills Park, Staten Island (813 acres)
7. Marine Park, Brooklyn (798 acres)
8. Bronx Park, Bronx (718 acres)
9. Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk, South and Midland Beaches, Staten Island (638 acres)
10. Alley Pond Park, Queens (655 acres)
Pretty cool, huh? With so many great opportunities to explore, perhaps moving to the big city will get you more in touch with mother nature.
For a complete list of parks and more information, check out the NYC Parks & Recreation website (nycgovparks.org)