Article by Cynthia Bowen.
Successful parks usually have five elements associated with them; they are engaging, adaptable, authentic, connected and iconic. They should be designed to provide comfort, convenience and enjoyment, fostering social interactions and physical connectivity. And, that design should create an engaging space that attracts people every day and most hours of the day and should be adaptable to support a variety of programming.
Interestingly, the article talks about quantifiable benefits, and about the unexpected risks of gentrification and rising property prices around great parks forcing out locals living adjacent to the site as they cannot afford to live there anymore.