“America’s coolest city parks” originally appeared in Travel + Leisure and made the front page of BBC over the weekend: http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20110419-americas-coolest-city-parks.
Travel + Leisure also includes the following blurb on the parks relationship to the city: “Parks play a big role in making a city desirable for both locals and visitors. It’s easy to see why at San Diego’s Balboa Park. You can explore the open-air San Diego Zoo, where 4,000 animals such as giant pandas and koalas roam in natural habitats, catch a show at the Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theater, or take a breather on a garden bench overlooking the Pacific. Balboa Park is the single greatest tourist attraction in San Diego, where total park-derived tourist spending came to $114.3 million, according to the Trust.”