While Lansing is itself a small city compared to New York, Chicago, L.A. and Detroit, it still is a city. And like all cities, there are buildings, concrete, and people everywhere you turn. It can get a bit overwhelming at times, causing you to head for greener pastures. Lucky for us, Lansing isn’t like New York or Detroit where you can only head to one major park in each city (Central Park or Bell Isle). There is no shortage of green space for Lansing area residents to escape to. And yes, I just ended a sentence with a preposition, which is my prerogative.
The true beauty of Lansing may actually lay in its people, but a large part of its beauty is the park system. The city of Lansing has over 100 official public parks of various size and style. Some are simply the land surrounding historic buildings. Some are small with just a simple swing set. Others spread out over several acres of forested land.