We mostly understand that a park is an area set aside for recreation, and can have trees, flowers, a lake, and vast lawns. These parks are also sometimes called ‘gardens’.
A great example of a park is Central Park in New York.
Nearly every city has a park or some sort, some have more than one.
But the word park has a number of other uses. For instance,
You can park a car, or bike, or yourself; in other words, it’s a place where you stop for a while. For cars, it is a carpark.
You could say ‘it’s just a walk in the park’, which means that the job is going to be easy. I never understood that analogy because quite a lot of parks have walks that are difficult, and not so much ‘a walk in the park’.
It is also used to describe a place where animals are kept, other than calling it a zoo, it can go by the name of a wildlife park. Zoos though are more for cities. Wildlife parks can be quite huge and many are found in Africa.
A park can also be used to describe a sporting arena or field.
You can park a bag in a locker.
You can park an idea in the back of your mind and come back to it later, or if you are like me, it disappears into the ether.
It can be an area of land around a manor house, but there are very few of those left now. The most notable of these are in England, and were designed by a man called Capability Brown.