There's some parks, another large park and Zoo down the street from my apartment. Now that I'm up and about I'll take advantage of the location and spend some time there people watching and just hanging out. It always brings a smile when I see the toddlers and small kids running about. Since there is a small river meandering around the large park(Breckenridge for those who are familiar) keeping the children out of it is a bit of a challenge. If seems ducks and water are like moths to fires for small children so the parents are on constant kid watch to avoid having to fish them out while the children chase the birds and other small creatures around. Part the parks' areas also include a polo field, a train, a driving range and small golf course. Every once in a while a shuttle bus goes by with a retirement agency sign presumably for the elderly who will be taking in the fresh air and sunshine. Ads for the River Walk in downtown San Antonio and the theme parks at the edges of the city I guess are okay, but, for my money I'd rather be chillin' some where that isn't putting pressure on me to be part of their cash flow. Looking about it seems that some places have good open areas with nice and available spots that are something other than a profit center for kids to be sold to. To be trapped in the area where there's no open spaces is only to ruin the only things that matters in life, the sense of self, of peace, of community. Having lived in a couple of large cities I've found that those places that have spaces are the ones that offer the best quality of life. Heavily urban areas are great access' to resources but kinda' suck otherwise.
Parks and open spaces are like schools, museums and libraries - they offer a set of qualities that make paying rent worth the trouble.