In considering the antiquity of city parks, one has to be careful about definitions. A city park can be
It is only in the last of these senses, which has become popular, that it is true to say that 'the city park was a nineteenth century invention'. The fame and influence of Central Park New York became so great that it virtually gave a new meaning to the word 'park'. It is evidently a City Park - not a suburban 'public park'.
Central Park. New York. It was beyond the city limits when planned but, as Olmsted anticipated a wall of buildings has developed as a great scenic backdrop.