Extensive park systems establish a central location for a community, resulting in the natural formation of neighborhoods and providing a location for civic events, encouraging, community participation and pride. Open spaces such as Central Park in New York not only draw tourists, but serve as a pull factor for cities seeking to expand their “creative class”.
Parks are also necessary as a public health measure, allowing for greater movement and exercise within an urban core. With the continuation of sprawl, the location of parks must be carefully considered. Parks serve the greatest benefit when they are accessible via transit or on foot, rather than by vehicle.