The 360-degree images of the parks, captured by the nimble Street View trike, represent roughly a year of cross-country tricycle voyages, Google product manager Ryan Falor said in a blog post announcing the update.
Featured parks include the world-famous High Line Park in New York City, Koganei Park in Tokyo and Kensington Gardens in London. In all, Google took pictures of parks in 22 different countries. These photos are just the latest addition to Google’s growing set of Street View special collections, which includes beaches, ski slopes, world landmarks and now business interiors.
Zooming out a bit, Google’s broader ambition appears to be reinforcing the notion that web users can explore the world — street or no street — via Google Maps, without ever having to leave their desk.