Urban Hall of Fame: Parks

The park is one of the most important part of cities, it’s a place where cities can showcase their natural beauty and people can relax in the recreation, sports and cultural venues. This is a collection of the best urban parks, waterfronts and gardens all over the world.

Jardin d’Essai, Algiers, Algeria‎

jardin dessai algiers algeria

Aterro do Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

aterro do flamengo rio de janeiro

Mangal das Garças, Belém, Brazil

mangal das garcas (Mangroove of Herons)

Japanese Gardens, Portland, USA

japanese garden portland

Central Park, New York, USA

central park new york

Millenium Park, Chigago, USA

millenium park chicago

Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, USA

olympic sculpture park seattle

Buffalo Bayou Promenade, Houston, USA

buffalo bayou promenade houston river

Cheonggyecheon Stream, Seoul, Korea

seoul Cheonggyecheon stream restoration river

Buchart, British Columbia, Canada

Tim Houlihan noticed that this is a private property. I will keep this image as a bonus inspiration for those who work with urban landscape.

buchart garden british columbia canada


Gardens of the World

Project for Public Spaces Blog

Dianhasan Blog

I know I’ve left out many great parks. So, please help me to enrich the post by commenting the best park in your opinion or nominating other.


  1. VBK
    Posted January 29, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    someone has done the work for you France has some very beautiful gardens/parks but all is listed in the web site Enjoy VBK

    • Posted February 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      Welcome on Zeemp Blog @VBK!

      Thanks a lot for your suggestion, France has got amazing parks!

  2. Posted January 29, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely stunning and awesome photographs. I wish I can visit these places. Check out these photos of where I live, Long Beach, CA.


    • Posted February 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

      @designinformer, Thanks for your comment .

      the waterfront of your city is fabulous, that sunset picture is awesome too. :)

      What people can do inside that dome?

  3. Posted February 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    This is beautiful! Same as Jad, wish I can visit them.

  4. JH
    Posted February 4, 2010 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Sure someone can find a better aerial, but don’t think we can overlook the Capitol Mall…


  5. Posted February 5, 2010 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Millenium Park, Chicago is the best designed and used urban park. No doubt.


    • Posted February 7, 2010 at 1:25 am | Permalink

      Hi Eva, thanks for commenting.

      Chicago Millenium is an awesome park. I love the Pedestrian Bridge.

  6. Tim Houlihan
    Posted February 8, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Permalink


    Living with a # of interesting urban parks in Victoria, BC, and with all due respect to Madam Buchart who took her family’s worked out quarry and made it into a “wonderful grand” year round tourist attraction, I would not even have considered it as top of mind. It’s a magnificent garden. It’s not urban, it’s a suburban tourist attraction of the finest kind. However, it’s only accessible to those willing to pay an entrance fee year round.

    • Posted February 11, 2010 at 2:25 am | Permalink

      Tim, I agree with you that is a private property, but it so awesome! :) I will update the post with your correction. Thanks!

  7. Archmichael
    Posted February 16, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Buffalo Bayou Promenade? Perhaps it is a very wonderful space not done justice by the photograph. From the photo, it appears “Freeway Promenade” would be a more appropriate name.

    Since there are already some places mentioned that are not totally open to free public access, I would add the gardens of the Alcazar in Seville, Spain, to the list. Here’s a link to some photos (not just of the gardens, but also elsewhere in Seville):


  8. Posted February 17, 2010 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    Hi Archmichael,

    I wanted to show the freeway to make it clear to people that unused spaces can become a great attraction. :)

    Thanks for the suggestion about Alcazar in Seville, I will definitely talk about this park in my next posts, it is awesome!

    Thanks a lot and welcome to my blog, please comment in another posts if you like it. :)

  9. Posted February 22, 2010 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    Very interesting post. Couldn’t of written any better. Reading this post reminds me of my old chum. He always kept speaking about this. I will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing! :)

  10. Posted February 22, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Jeremy!

  11. Posted July 31, 2013 at 7:52 am | Permalink

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