At one Toronto park, you can check your e-mail. Besides Wi-Fi throughout, there's also regular dancing, Friday night suppers and you can bake bread in wood-fired ovens using techniques and recipes from a park website.
In Canada, Vancouver has a high percentage of parks compared to other urban centres. The city's 200 green spaces cover a total of 1,300 hectares 11 per cent of the total land mass. Stanley Park alone covers about 400 hectares, including hiking trails, beaches and an 8.8 km seawall.
San Francisco was first among U.S. cities for total park space. It was also the city with the most people walking or bicycling for recreation. New York City had the third highest percentage of parkland, ranked just below Washington, D.C.
In Depth: Parks
How important is urban park space to you and what makes a good park?