Civic Space

View item information

A political rally held in Gateway Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1915. Courtesy of the Hennepin County Library via Minnesota Digital Library.

As publicly-owned land, parks have long been used to stage a wide variety of civic events and activities.

They provide a neutral space for community members to come together for parades, political rallies, and protest marches; for Fourth of July and Memorial Day celebrations; to host visiting dignitaries; and for other elements of a city or region's public life.

Features such as bandstands or amphitheaters can be used for rallies or speeches, boulevards or parkways provide excellent routes for parades, monuments can be a focal point for a memorial or ceremony, and gardens provide lovely backdrops for important photo opportunities. Many parks were designed with an expansive meadow or open space specifically to accommodate large groups of people at such events.