Episode 4

Parks and Recreation

We explore the latest generation of downtown parks, pathways and public squares which are increasingly important in the quest to get people to live, work and play in the heart of the city.

Mixed Greens

New green spaces are transforming city centers across the continent – we evaluate three of the current crop of freshly cultivated urban parks and open spaces.

  • Railroad Park: Birmingham
  • Discovery Green: Houston
  • Scissortail Park: Oklahoma City

Happy Trails

Trails for walking, talking and biking are increasingly wending their way through the urban environment creating entirely new ways to experience the city.

  • BeltLine: Atlanta
  • Cultural Trail: Indianapolis
  • High Line: New York

Circles and Squares

Public squares are the central gathering spaces for a city and its citizens – we hang out in three such staples of the urban scene.

  • Commons: Columbus
  • Sundance Square: Fort Worth
  • Pioneer Courthouse Square: Portland
  • Railroad Park: Birmingham
  • Discovery Green: Houston
  • Scissortail Park: Oklahoma City
  • BeltLine: Atlanta
  • Cultural Trail: Indianapolis
  • High Line: New York
  • Commons: Columbus
  • Sundance Square: Fort Worth
  • Pioneer Courthouse Square: Portland