Would the meaning be the same if I skip "around" after "place?
Answer from a Native speaker
Yes, it would be fine to omit "around" after "places" in this sentence. The word "around" here is used to mean "nearby" or "close by" and just gives a specific location of the parks. If you took out the word "around", it would make the location of the parks less specific, however, this isn't really necessary in this sentence.
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