A city square also known as a public square, town square or market square. It is an open public space which is usually located at the heart of a city/town. Some of the major uses of these public squares include political rallies, music concerts and market space among other events. Since they are centrally situated, the city squares are surrounded by numerous small shops like clothing stores, and bakeries, among others. Most of the city squares in the United States have a statue, a monument, a well or a fountain at the center. Some of the largest city squares in the United States include:
1) Millennium Park
Millennium Park is found in "the Loop" in Chicago, Illinois. The park occupies about 24.5 acres of the northwestern parts of the Grant Park. The park is surrounded by East Monroe Drive, Columbus Drive, Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue. The park was opened on July 16, 2004, and some of its features include the Lurie Garden, Crown Fountain, Cloud Gate (or "the Bean") and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Millennium Park has a wide selection of public arts. It became the site for Chicago’s annual Christmas tree lighting in 2015. The park was trailing only Navy Pier as the tourist attraction site in Chicago in 2009. It became the leading tourist attraction site in the American Midwest in 2017.
2) New Haven Green
The 16-acre New Haven Green is surrounded by the paved roads of Church, Elm, Chapel, and the College Streets. It is a privately-owned city park which is in New Haven, Connecticut. The park is divided into the lower and upper halves by the Temple Street. The park hosts numerous public events including classical music and summer jazz concerts, New Haven Jazz Festival and the Arts and Ideas Festival. The park is one of the most popular and oldest town greens in the United States. It was built in 1638.
3) Grand Park
Grand Park is a portion of the Grand Avenue development in Los Angeles which was opened in July of 2012. It is a 12-acre park which is in the civic center. The park was a joint venture between LA county and the city of Los Angeles. The park stretches from the L.A Music center to the City Hall. It is a pedestrian-friendly park which connects the civic center and Bunker Hill. The Los Angeles Music Center is in charge of the park’s upkeep, security and entertainment.
4) Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park is one of the most popular of the 1,900 public parks in New York. The 9.75-acre public park is in Greenwich Village, Lower Manhattan. It is a cultural activities center, a meeting place as well as a landmark in the United States. The Washington Square Arch is on the northern gateway of the city square. The fountain area is a famous spot for the tourists and residents. The New York University owns a majority of the buildings bordering the park, but some of them were studios and homes for artists in the past. The Washington square park was created in 1871.
The Largest City Squares In The United States
|Rank||Name of the city square||City||Area (in square meters)|
|2||New Haven Green||New Haven, Connecticut||65,000|
|3||Grand Park||Los Angeles||48,562|
|4||Washington Square Park||New York City||39,000|
|5||Sonoma Plaza||Sonoma, CA||32,000|
|10||Pershing Square||Los Angeles||20,000|
|11||Columbus Circle||New York City||13,750|
|13||Union Square||San Francisco||9,600|
|14||Empire State Plaza||Albany||36,820|