I was glad enough, though, when we struck the parklike levels of the Pitchstone plateau as the scene of our further progression.
Half a mile away a band of caribou were running for the cover of a parklike clump of timber.
At length, he eased his ship over the parklike area over Administrative Square and hovered over the parking entry.
Within its broad enclosure many a declining spur of the great hills melted into parklike slopes and dells.
Herne Hill was remarkable for consisting of three houses only, each with its parklike grounds and gardens and its noble trees.
The lower end of the lake is open and parklike, while at the upper end cliffs rise about four thousand feet.
The way still led through an open, parklike country, and the road was easy.
We gained the door which, happily, none had remembered to close, and passed out into the parklike grounds beyond.
The low-rolling hills were bright green, against which blended the darker green of the parklike oaks.
We rolled through many villages and towns, and I soon saw that the parklike beauty of our first-seen city was no exception.
mid-13c., "enclosed preserve for beasts of the chase," from Old French parc "enclosed wood or heath land used as a game preserve" (12c.), probably ultimately from West Germanic *parruk "enclosed tract of land" (cf. Old English pearruc, root of paddock (n.2), Old High German pfarrih "fencing about, enclosure," German pferch "fold for sheep," Dutch park).
Internal evidence suggests the West Germanic word is pre-4c. and originally meant the fencing, not the place enclosed. Found also in Medieval Latin as parricus "enclosure, park" (8c.), which likely is the direct source of the Old French word, as well as Italian parco, Spanish parque, etc. Some claim the Medieval Latin word as the source of the West Germanic, but the reverse seems more likely. Some later senses in English represent later borrowings from French. OED discounts notion of a Celtic origin. Welsh parc, Gaelic pairc are from English.
Meaning "enclosed lot in or near a town, for public recreation" is first attested 1660s, originally in reference to London; the sense evolution is via royal parks in the original, hunting sense being overrun by the growth of London and being opened to the public. Applied to sporting fields in American English from 1867.
New York's Park Avenue as an adjective meaning "luxurious and fashionable" (1956) was preceded in the same sense by London's Park Lane (1880). As a surname, Parker "keeper of a park" is attested in English from mid-12c. As a vehicle transmission gear, park (n.) is attested from 1949.