A Brief History of Recreational Parks

Parks are large outdoor recreation areas. The earliest parks were created for the amusement of Middle Eastern kings and their courts. Such royal parks often contained enclosed hunting grounds and were shaped by riding paths and shelters. Parks often served a more social function in more democratic societies, such as the city states of Ancient Greece. Parks were used by citizens to socialize, conduct athlete’s training, and perform religious rituals. Parks in ancient Greece often contained beautiful sculptures of gods and goddesses.

In Medieval Europe, private parks were often built next to castles and contained ponds, manicured lawns, and mazes of trimmed bushes. Parks during post-Renaissance times were built under the patronage of royalty and political figures. These parks were often part of elaborate palatial complexes and include Versailles in France, Schnbrunn Palace in Vienna, and El Escorial in Spain.

Such royal parks contained extensive woods, raised galleries, priceless sculptures, and fountains. They also had aviaries and cages that contained wild animals. Opulent private parks were often the playgrounds of European queens and empresses. Examples of such parks include the fabled Petit Trianon built for Marie Antoinette, as well as Malmaison which was constructed in the reign of Empress Josephine.

Modern parks are an integral part of urban development and service an entire community rather than a privileged elite. Present day parks may contain extensive woods, flora and fauna, ponds and fountains, as well as various recreation areas such as outdoor theaters, zoos, concert shells, concession areas for dining and picnics, sports grounds and stadiums, jogging and walking paths, and open areas for summer events in denver.

Urban parks in many cities are usually owned and maintained by a local government. Such parks often resemble savannas and open woodlands as many city dwellers find such environments relaxing. Grass in open areas that host summer events in denver is often kept short to discourage insects and pests from breeding. This also encourages people to have picnics and sports games. Trees are chosen for their aesthetic appeal and their ability to provide plenty of shade.

The first public park was said to be the Alameda de Hrcules in Seville, Spain. It was built in 1574 and contained an urban garden and park which facilitated summer events in denver. Famous parks in the modern world include Central Park in New York City and Regents Park in London.