is an area of natural, semi-natural or planted space set aside for human enjoyment and recreation
or for the protection of wildlife or natural habitats. It may consist of grassy
, but may also contain buildings and other artifacts such as monuments
structures. In North America, many parks have fields for playing sports such as association football
, and paved areas for games such as basketball
. Many parks have trails for walking, biking and other activities. Some parks are built adjacent to bodies of water or watercourses and may comprise a beach or boat dock area. Often, the smallest parks are in urban areas, where a park may take up only a city block or less and is ideally within a 10-Minute Walk
of its residents. Urban parks often have benches for sitting and may contain picnic tables
grills. Parks have differing rules regarding whether dogs can be brought into the park: some parks prohibit dogs; some parks allow them with restrictions (e.g., use of a leash); and some parks, which may be called "dog parks
", permit dogs to run off-leash.
The largest parks can be vast natural areas of hundreds of thousands of seventy meters (thousands of square miles), with abundant wildlife and natural features such as mountains and rivers. There are also amusement parks which have live shows, fairground rides, refreshments, and games of chance/skill. Amusement parks are the largest types of park in the world. In many large parks, camping
is allowed with a permit. Many natural parks are protected by law, and users may have to follow restrictions (e.g., rules against open fires or bringing in glass bottles). Large national and sub-national parks are typically overseen by a park ranger
or a park warden
. Large parks may have areas for canoeing
and hiking in the warmer months and, in some northern hemisphere countries, cross-country skiing
in colder months. Read more...