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Why Don't Americans Use Their Parks at Night?

Most cities aren’t fond of letting people use parks after dark. But there are good lifestyle, environmental, and safety reasons to reconsider.
Nightlife is a fixture of vibrant urban parks around the world.
Nightlife is a fixture of vibrant urban parks around the world.Itsuo Inouye/AP

It was just another Saturday when I stumbled across a busy park in Seoul last year. The Gyeongui Line Forest Park, a 4-mile strip of greenery built atop a former rail line, was packed. Couples, families, and groups of friends planted themselves throughout the park, picnicking as buskers belted out songs.

It was midnight, and from the look of things, the night had just begun.