So you’re living in the city and you love the urban lifestyle. For those of us who grew up in a suburban community or the country, a move to the city can be like a whole new life. I grew up in the suburbs where you needed a car to get around and buses were not frequent or reliable. Once I hit my teenage years and wanted find a job, it had to be within walking distance until I got myself a car. That turned out to be a money pit and quite frankly, driving stressed me out.
Years later it was off to the city for me and I sold my car with joy in my heart. One of the biggest selling points for me was the fact that I could walk to most places I needed to get to and my job was on the subway line. It felt good to just slap on some shoes and sprint over to the grocery store or to the bank. No more waiting to change lanes, red lights and rude drivers. Instead it was head nods to neighbors and cute smiles from the vegetable stand owner down the street.
I like walking long distances too. It’s a great form of exercise and it’s peaceful and low impact. The only downside to living in the city is that it can seem like there is nowhere to walk. When I first moved to the city, my friend and I would just choose a street and walk straight for about seven or eight blocks, just to see what was there. That was good fun for a while, but once I became more accustomed to my surroundings, I found the “mystery block” game to be a little tedious.
I decided to look up what parks were in my city and I found quite a few. Some of them you need to jump on a bus or the subway to get to, but once you’re there it feels like you’ve left metropolis and entered back into suburban sprawl. A simple search online produced five major parks in my city and I grabbed my friend to check it out.
The first one was huge and took us quite a while to get to. It was on the other side of town but it was beautiful even had a forest trail. The park was filled with walking paths that interconnected and split off all over the grounds. There were also trails that took you into the woods where you could follow on the ground or head up an incline, taking you deeper into the woods. I could not believe this was 40 minutes from my apartment.
Another park had ponds and more footpaths, weaving you in and out of sunny spots and shady coves. It was free to enter and had no real closing time either. Some of the bigger parks have tennis courts and snack bars and those had operational hours, but as for the paths themselves, they were open to the public at almost all times. There were bike paths too so if walking isn’t your thing, then perhaps a bike trail is more for you.
Life in the city doesn’t have to mean life away from nature. Take a moment to ask around or search online and find out what parks are near you. You may not need to break out your best mens hiking boots for these trails, but you’ll get away from city life for an hour or two and enjoy the adventures of your own two feet.