The era of the ‘keep off the grass signs’ must be over, as if grass is primarily about looking at rather than lying on or playing on.
Cities should make parks more inviting, in part by removing imposing fences surrounding green spaces, which turn off citizens to use them.
At the Leon-Askin-Park in Vienna, these green spaces are accessible through improvised stairs and blue ramps, which also indicate the underground flowing water canal in the Ottakring neighbourhood.
‘Hostile architecture’ has been taking over our cities designed to prevent undesirable behaviours, however that’s not the society and the cities we want to live in.
In 2015 NYC Parks launched ‘Parks Without Borders’ aimed at making New York parks more open, more accessible and welcoming to everyone.