Friendly Neighborhood Park Unlock Guide (Cities: Skylines)

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Unlocking the Friendly Neighborhood Park requires having 10,000 squares of residential zoning. You’ll also need to have reached the Tiny Town milestone to open the level 2 unique buildings tab. Depending on the map, this can be anywhere from 350 to 1,500 citizens.

Both low- and high-density residential count towards this progress. However, the zones need to be built upon to count—they cannot be empty land.

 
A newly placed patch of residential zoning with nothing growing on it yet / Cities: Skylines
A newly placed patch of residential zoning with nothing growing on it yet.
 

After unlocking it, you’ll be able to build the park for ₡20,000.

 
You’ll find the Friendly Neighborhood Park by going to the Unique Buildings menu (1), and clicking on the level 2 tab (2) / Cities: Skylines
You’ll find the Friendly Neighborhood Park by going to the Unique Buildings menu (1), and clicking on the level 2 tab (2).
 

The Friendly Neighborhood Park is a requirement for the Eden Project monument.

 

Why Won’t Houses Grow In My Residential Zones?

If you’ve painted residential zones (green zoning), but aren’t getting any houses to grow on them, check to make sure there is residential demand.

The three RCI (green=residential; blue=commercial; orange=industrial and office) bars at the bottom of your screen indicate the demand for the different zone types.

If your green bar is low or empty, it means not a lot of people want to move into your city.

So houses won’t grow even if you paint lots of residential zones.

 
The residential demand bar is empty, meaning growth in any residential zones will be slow (if there is any at all) / Cities: Skylines
The residential demand bar is empty, meaning growth in any residential zones will be slow (if there is any at all).
 

How To Create More Demand for Residential Zoning

So let’s say you’ve determined that there is, in fact, no demand for residential in your city. What’s causing it and how do you go about creating more demand?

Here are a few things you can try:

 

Tip 1: Create More Jobs

Citizens won’t want to move into your city if there isn’t anywhere to work.

This is why often, low or zero residential demand will coincide with at least some demand for commercial and industrial zones, where your citizens can find jobs.

If this is the case, it simply means it’s time for you to create more workplaces by zoning commercial and industrial zones.

 

Tip 2: Provide Education

Schools are a great way to attract citizens to your city. It’s always a good move to make sure your city has plenty of capacity for any of the three educational levels you’ve unlocked (elementary, high school, and university).

Apart from raising your citizens’ educational level (and providing your commercial and office zones with the educated workers they need), schools and libraries also provide a happiness boost to homes within a certain radius.

 

Tip 3: Increase Land Value

Another way to make your city more attractive to potential residents is to raise its land value.

Build parks and plazas, making sure your different residential zones have access to them.

Also, make sure that any polluting buildings (such as garbage facilities and coal or oil power plants) are kept well away from your residential buildings, as these lower land value.

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