Historic urban public parks are an essential and inalienable part of the traditions and plans of many
towns and settlements. It is the main purpose of this document to emphasize that they be preserved
as historic sites for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Historic urban public parks were created or made accessible for the well-being of all persons. They
have for too long been regarded as ‘reserve grounds’, i.e. commodities to be ‘filled’ or used for events
and activities of specific groups for which they were not designed.