Hack Your CityEach Monday we ask you for your best city tips: driving tips, restaurant recs, things to do, and any other advice for visitors and locals. Sometimes the weekly topic is a specific city; other times it's an aspect of all cities, so everyone can participate.  

When my friends from the country visit New York, I try to take them to the park. They live ten minutes from real forest hikes, but I still drag them to Prospect Park like “Look, from this path you can barely see the cars!” The parks, these democratizing free public resources, are a major part of making a city livable. So I want to hear about the best ones in your city, the ones worth a cross-town trip, the best skate parks and playgrounds and open lawns and islands and pocket parks and community gardens.

What’s the best amenity in your city parks? Prospect Park has the skating rink and the fountain for kids to run through. Bryant Park has ping-pong tables and attendants to hand out free balls. San Francisco’s Dolores Park has that guy who sells weed brownies.

What’s the worst thing about your local parks, and how do you deal with it? For me it’s the crowds at Manhattan’s High Line, which I deal with by walking along the waterfront instead. Is there a part of your favorite park that’s grossly overlooked? (Don’t worry, Lifehacker might be popular, but leaving a comment will not bring a wave of tourists to your quiet spot—at most, a few of your neighbors might show up.)

And what’s your favorite event in your city’s parks? Is there an activity or volunteer work that you enjoy? Is there a new attraction opening, or a renovation? It’s peak park time for most of us above the equator, but what can get you to the park in the dead of winter or a rainy day? (The north lawn of Prospect is great for sledding.)

Leave your park tips in the comments—remember to actually name the park and the city—and we’ll feature the best under the Staff tab.