Kearney parks have a long history, and are known for having a variety of recreation amenities and for being exceptionally maintained. The city currently has 18 parks, totaling nearly 600 acres. Many of the parks are connected to the hike/bike trail system. Kearney parks provide the opportunity for play, relaxation, exercise, and socialization. Harmon Park, Yanney Park, Patriot Park and Cottonmill Park are the largest and are considered destination parks because of the outstanding amenities. Numerous neighborhood parks also serve the community well and typically have such features as playgrounds, open green space, shelters, splash pads, flower gardens, and fields and/or courts.