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POTTSTOWN, Pa., Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At Social Work Degree Guide, a new article has been released to recognize 30 of the most inspiring inner city parks in the United States that are transporting residents to urban oases to refresh both their bodies and their psyches. "30 Great Inspiring Inner-City Parks" is a new addition to the educational website to inform students interested in urban social work about how cities around the nation are utilizing green spaces to naturally improve the mental and physical health of their communities. 

As statistics now show that 80% of the U.S. population resides within an urban area, our increasingly urban American landscape is creating a stronger need for city parks. After all, taking a walk in the park is more than just a nice way to spend a sunny afternoon. 

"Research has shown that open green spaces improve psychological well-being, make neighborhoods more attractive places to live, reconnect children with nature, enhance economic development opportunities, and provide healthy alternatives for at-risk youth," said editor Taryn Baer.


While urban areas generally experience the highest rates of interpersonal and community violence, researchers at the University of Illinois have proven that roughly half (48%) as many crimes are reported in urban apartment buildings with high amounts of vegetation. By offering a safe and secure place to exercise, inner city parks also encourage essential daily physical activity to improve health and combat our nation's obesity epidemic. Therefore, Social Work Degree Guide has introduced 30 of the greatest inner city parks that are successfully enriching public health, enhancing social functioning, and strengthening whole communities in our country's growing urban areas.

Below are the 30 great inspiring inner city parks chosen by Social Work Degree Guide for providing residents with the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life:

30. South Mountain Park: Phoenix, Ariz.

29. Kapiolani Park: Honolulu, Hawaii

28. Belle Isle Park: Detroit, Mich.

27. Forest Park: St. Louis, Mo.

26. Rockefeller Park: Cleveland, Ohio

25. Druid Hill Park: Baltimore, Md.

24. El Dorado Park: Long Beach, Calif.

23. Garden of Gods: Colorado Springs, Colo.

22. Lake Park: Milwaukee, Wis.

21. Pullen Park: Raleigh, N.C.

20. Fairmount Park: Philadelphia, Pa.

19. Alum Park: San Jose, Calif.

18. City Park: New Orleans, La.

17. Swope Park: Kansas City, Mo.

16. Lincoln Park: Chicago, Ill.

15. Balloon Fiesta Park: Albuquerque, N.M.

14. Seward Park: Seattle, Wash.

13. Joaquin Miller Park: Oakland, Calif.

12. The Aurora Reservoir: Aurora, Colo.

11. Gene Leahy Mall: Omaha, Neb.

10. Mount Trashmore Park: Virginia Beach, Va.

9. Balboa Park: San Diego, Calif.

8. William Land Park: Sacramento, Calif.

7. City Park: Denver, Colo.

6. Meridian Hill Park: Washington, DC

5. Golden Gate Park: San Francisco, Calif.

4. Washington Park: Portland, Ore.

3. Boston Common & Public Garden: Boston, Mass.

2. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory: Minneapolis, Minn.

1. Central Park: New York City, N.Y.

More details about what makes each of these inspiring inner city parks so special, as well as gorgeous pictures of their natural beauty, can be found at

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