Parks

Bay State Commons Park, Westborough, Massachusetts

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Work on new park continues
By Kate Daly Contributing Writer

Westborough - The Board of Selectmen and town counsel are drafting regulations for the new town park at Bay Street Commons.

As of June 15, Town Counsel Gregory Franks said he was still waiting for the signed deed to the park and the additional $10,000 the Bay State Commons developers have agreed to pay when ownership is transferred.

One drawback to the delay in the deed transfer is ongoing damage to the gazebo.

Bird Island Park, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

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Phase one construction at Bird Island Park nears completion

By Maggie Fitzroy

PONTE VEDRA BEACH - After years of dreaming, planning and fundraising then months of construction, phase one of Bird Island Park is almost complete.

A wide boardwalk circles much of the lake behind the Ponte Vedra Beach branch library.

A winding sidewalk that parallels some of the boardwalk on the west side of the lake is framed by a variety of colorful shrubs, trees and flowers.

Camp Calvinwood State Park, South Kitsap County, Washington

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South Kitsap, Meet Your 'New' State Park
By Chris Henry (Contact)
Friday, June 26, 2009

As the crow flies, Camp Calvinwood State Park is less than a 15-minute drive from Highway 16. But the 118-acre park graced by three pristine lakes seems a world away from civilization.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants to share this secret hideaway with the public. Park staff will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, offering tours and light refreshments.

Central Park, NYC

A rectangular 843 acres, Central Park sits in the very middle of Manhattan, between 5th and 8th Avenues and 59th and 110th Streets. The first public park in the U.S., it is the flagship of Frederick Law Olmstead’s designs, created in close collaboration with British architect Calvert Vaux. Mostly completed by 1877, Central Park became a model for urban parks around the country. Yet the Park itself was literally created from scratch, with 500,000 cubic feet of topsoil hauled in from New Jersey to cover the land that the city had purchased for $5 million.

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Clarendon Hills Park, Chicago, Illinois

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Clarendon Hills reviews plan for new park

June 16, 2009 By AMY DEIS adeis@pioneerlocal.com

Although Clarendon Hills resident Scott Ryan is pleased the park district purchased new land for a park behind his home, he's worried about people peeking in.

"I don't think they want to see us in the back yard as much as I don't want to see them," he said at Monday's special Clarendon Hills Park Board meeting. "I want to see some blue spruces there."

Cornerstone Park, Elgin, Illinois

New park opens in Mulberry Court area

June 28, 2009

By CHARITY BONNER cbonner@scn1.com
ELGIN -- A spot once notorious for attracting drug dealers is now a children's playground.

About 250 neighbors, volunteers and community leaders gathered for the grand opening of Cornerstone Park Saturday morning at the corner of Mulberry and Lilac lanes in the Mulberry Court neighborhood -- a low-income neighborhood known for crime and drug problems.

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Country Village Park, Miami, Florida

New skate park unveiled in Hialeah, Miami Lakes area
Hialeah and Miami Lakes skaters can now roll on at new skate park in Country Village Park.
BY SUSANA MONTES-DELGADO
smontes@MiamiHerald.com
Skateboarders living near Miami Lakes and Hialeah need not commute anymore to shopping centers to practice their tricks. They can now use a fully renovated skate park in Country Village Park, which features benches, stairways and ramps.

The new skate park, 6550 NW 188 Ter., was inaugurated last week.

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Elizabeth Caruthers Park, Portland, Oregon

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South Waterfront: Park will pay homage to an early Portlander

by Fred Leeson, Special to The Oregonian Thursday June 18, 2009

As earthmovers push dirt between Southwest Gaines and Curry streets and Moody and Bond avenues, what used to be identified on planning maps as the Southwest Neighborhood Park is getting a new name as well as new contours.

Fairmount Park,Philadelphia

Fairmount Park Commission
Memorial Hall, West Park
Philadelphia, PA 19131
United States
Phone 1 (215) 685-0000
http://www.phila.gov/fairpark


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Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Along its rectangular, 3-mile length, between Fulton Street and Lincoln Way in San Francisco, Golden Gate Park offers scores of possibilities for urban outdoor recreation: lawn bowling, tennis, golf, Frisbee golf, soccer, archery, equestrian, and a pool dedicated to fly-casting practice. The park’s west end abuts the Pacific Ocean.

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Gordon's Creek, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Plan calls for new park around Gordon's Creek

By TERRY L. JONES • July 16, 2009

Gordon's Creek - which snakes its way throughout the city - has been targeted as one of the next points of revitalization by the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association.
The lofty project has drawn city officials and community leaders into meetings and discussions to transform the vast drainage ditch into a manmade linear park.

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Guilford Township, Hendricks County, Indiana

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New nature park planned south of I-70 in Hendricks: County will develop site owned by Airport Authority

By Bruce C. Smith
Posted: June 25, 2009

A new 210-acre nature park is planned to open in two years on land in Hendricks County owned by the Indianapolis Airport Authority.

After months of discussions about a park in a mostly rural area between Plainfield and Mooresville, the Airport Authority board agreed last week to a long-term agreement with Hendricks County Parks and Recreation.

Hidalgo County Park, Hidalgo County, Texas

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Grand opening for new park south of Alamo

Friday, June 19, 2009

A new recreation center and park are now open south of Alamo.

Hidalgo County Commissioner "Tito" Palacios kicked off the center's official grand-opening on Thursday.

The center and park is located south of Alamo on Tower Road.

The park and recreation center offer county services and a fully handicap-accessible landscape.

Officials said the 11,000-square-foot building and park will improve the quality of life for Hidalgo County residents.

High Line elevated park, Meatpacking District, New York, New York

High Line elevated park opens in New York

Monday, 08 June 2009 17:03

After ten years of campaigning, fundraising and construction, section one of the High Line elevated park in New York opened to the public this morning.

Access to section one, which runs from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street, will be limited at first while additional access points are constructed, and Friends of the High Line volunteers will also be on hand during the first few weeks to answer questions about New York's newest park.

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Industrial Park, Lauderdale County, Mississippi

Handy Hardware Breaks Ground

It has been nine years since Lauderdale acquired the land to build a new industrial park. The project had its first payoff Monday.

The I-20/59 Industrial Park has been empty for almost a decade. But economic development officials say they hope, with work beginning for the Handy Hardware Distribution Center, that it will be the start of something good.

A sign seen by motorists as they drive west on Interstate 20 welcomes the newest local industry. The center will mark the first business to locate in the city's new industrial park.

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Jackson Park

Stretching from East 56th Street southward to East 67th Street, Jackson Park is both park and coastline, situated between South Stony Island Avenue and Lake Michigan, about 8 miles south of The Loop. It is next to the Hyde Park neighborhood, and just to the southeast of the University of Chicago.

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Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park, Lansing, Kansas

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Basehor Sentinel, June 25, 2009

Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park in Lansing officially will be opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 2.

The new facility is named after Kenneth Bernard, who has served as Lansing mayor for more than 25 years.

Phase One of the park was completed earlier this year. Future phases include work on athletic fields and other infrastructure. The park is approximately 1.5 miles west of Main Street and 4-H Road. The ceremony will take place near the bridge.

La Quinta Park, California

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La Quinta considers creating new park

Mariecar Mendoza • La Quinta Sun • June 11, 2009

In an effort to accommodate La Quinta's growing youth sports associations, the city may add a new park.

City officials have scouted several sites within the city and its sphere of influence in hopes of a future 40-acre active use park that could be used for youth soccer, baseball and softball — La Quinta's most active youth sports leagues.

For La Quinta AYSO alone, more than 1,000 children use 17-acre La Quinta Park each season, said Community Services Director Edie Hylton.

Lake Maude Recreational Complex, Winter Haven, Florida

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Plans for New Lake Maude Park Shown
The proposal for the 27-acre park also drew concerns from residents.
By SHELLEY ROSSETTER
LEDGER CORRESPONDENT
June 26, 2009

The master plan for the Lake Maude Recreational Complex was unveiled Thursday night amid concerns from area residents about how the new park would affect their community.

Littleton Park, Arapahoe County, Colorado

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Partnership brings new park to Littleton

Contributed by: Nichole Parmelly on 6/15/2009

On Saturday, residents of Arapahoe County celebrated the grand opening of a brand new park located at 6745 South Santa Fe Drive in Littleton.

Situated along the Mary Carter Greenway, Reynolds Landing, appropriately named after Dennis Reynolds for his years of outstanding public service to the south metropolitan community, brings a relaxing escape from the city and a much needed trailhead for pedestrians, bikers and kayakers needing to access the trail.

Los Flores Ranch Park, Santa Maria Valley, California

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The city of Santa Maria opens a new park in county land

Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Reported by: Melissa Mecija

Your family will have a new place to walk, hike, and just enjoy the Santa Maria Valley.

It is called the Los Flores Ranch Park. It is a more than 1,700 acre recreational area on Dominion Road between Orcutt and Los Alamos.

The open space contains about eight miles of trails and is home to various wildlife. Other activities available include horseback riding and mountain biking.

Maxwell Place Park, Hoboken, New Jersey

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Mayor Roberts presides at Maxwell Place Park dedication

by Paul, June 28, 2009

Maxwell Place Park opened yesterday in a ceremony officiated by Mayor David Roberts. The five-acre park is Hoboken's newest recreational pier, and features open space, a boathouse, a toddler and children's play area, two dog runs and Hoboken's only sand beach, according to the city's Web site.

Mecklenburg, Union and York, South Carolina

Green space grows in southern suburbs

New parks to sprout in southeast and southwest Mecklenburg, Union and York

By Celeste Smith, July 19, 2009

Park lovers, rejoice: More green space is on the way in the southern suburbs.

In southern Mecklenburg, public planning sessions are scheduled later this month for two new parks.

In York County, the City of Rock Hill recently enhanced the 50-year-old Glencairn Garden and expanded it from six to 11 acres. City of Tega Cay officials expect to break ground soon on a 100-acre park along the Catawba River.

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Memorial Waterfront Park

Possibly the one of the most important projects in the history of Mount Pleasant, the Memorial Waterfront Park will embrace key features that will transform the base of the Ravenel Bridge into a beacon of community offerings ranging from festivals and special events to fishing, walking, and bicycling activities.

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Military Trail Park, Miami, Florida

Kids and families will enjoy new Military Trail Park in Miami
Shorecrest shows its green thumb with a new park.
BY MEREDITH RUTLAND
mrutland@MiamiHerald.com
Amid the concrete jungle of Miami, something green is budding.

The Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation recently opened a new park, Military Trail Park, at 825 NE 89th St., with picnic tables, benches and a winding path for visitors.

The land for the park was acquired in 2000 and building began in late 2002, according to Edith Torres, public information officer for Miami-Dade parks.

The park's dedication took place July 11.

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Morningside Park, NYC

Situated just off the northwest corner of Central Park are 30 acres of rocky but pastoral woodland that became a park due, in part, to the fact that city planners in the late 1860s considered street construction through these geological formations too difficult an undertaking. The Board of Commissions for Public Parks rejected two original design plans, including one from the famous team of Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, in 1873.

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Nereid Boat Club Park, New Jersey

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State to approve new park leases

(by Daniel O'Keefe - June 17, 2009)

After several months during which the legality of the borough's leases of parkland to several non-municipal organizations such as the Nereid Boat Club, the Little League and Rutherford Junior Football was thrown into question, the town is hoping to have new state-approved lease agreements with each of these organizations drafted and in effect within the next couple months.

New Orleans City Park

Once the site of Allard Plantation facing Bayou St. John, City Park's 1,300 acres offer visitors a sample of the city's riches both in fine art and natural splendor. City Park is home of the New Orleans Museum of Art and the largest collection of mature live oaks in the world. Trees in the oldest grove are over 600 years old.

CPIA was established in 1891 to provide for the improvement of City Park. The Louisiana Legislature placed City Park under the control of CPIA in 1896 and invested it with the authority to operate and develop the park.

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Ninth Avenue Park, (Ballard) Seattle, Washington

Neighbors get involved with new Ninth Ave. park

By Wilhelmina Wang Hayward, Web Intern
July 24, 2009
On July 18, community members in the Whittier Heights neighborhood put together a work party and ice-cream social to fundraise for a new park to be built on Ninth Avenue Northwest and to give the local neighbors a chance to get involved with brainstorming ideas for the open space.

Last year, the city of Seattle purchased a 39,000-square-foot property at 7028 9th Ave. N.W. and dozens came out in support last week of what will become the neighborhood's newest park.

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North Domingo Baca Park, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Albuquerque gets a new park

June 16, 2:16 PM

What is more perfect than a summer day in the park with a grandchild? There is no more simple, pure fun than swinging, sliding and climbing unless it is kicking a ball across a wide expanse of grass. The new North Domingo Baca Park at Wyoming and Corona (North of Paseo del Norte) is opening soon and is the perfect place for a park date. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 22 at 2 pm.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Van Buren, Missouri

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Feds propose new plans for Missouri national park

By CHERYL WITTENAUER The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS | The National Park Service is asking people to weigh in on several proposals for how to manage the use of the 45-year-old Ozark National Scenic Riverways national park, arguably Missouri's most important piece of public land.

A final plan for how much development would be allowed at southern Missouri's national park and what restrictions should be in place will replace one from 1984 and will help guide decisions for the next 15 to 20 years.

Park in Rochester, Michigan

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Rochester takes steps to create new park
metromode, 6/25/2009
Rochester is taking the first steps in a long journey toward creating a new park on the city's south side.

The Planning Commission expects to begin forming zoning for parks, recreation, and open space at its July 8 meeting. This would allow the city to switch the zoning of its old wastewater treatment plants from industrial to the new classification, clearing the way to create a park there.

Prospect Park

Brooklyn’s rolling, woodsy Prospect Park first opened in October 1867, while still under construction. The 585-acre park arises from an original 1861 design by Egbert Viele, after a New York State Legislative act in 1859 created a commission to find park sites in what was then the City of Brooklyn.

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Riverbank State Park, NYC

Riverbank State Park
http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/info.asp?parkID=75
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riverbank_State_Park
West Side Highway from 137th Street to 145th Street
679 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10031

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Riverside Park, NYC

Riverside Park is a four-mile-long green space that winds along the Hudson River from 62nd to 158th Streets in Manhattan. The land here was originally part of the Hudson River Railroad. An 1866 measure by the New York State Legislature provided for conversion to a park. Frederick Law Olmstead, one of the creators of Central Park, prepared a design plan in 1875, after the first land purchase in 1872. This design was refined through 1910.

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Rock Creek Park, Washington DC

Access to Rock Creek Park, part of the National Park system, begins at the western end of The Mall, in Washington DC, following a slim, winding corridor along Rock Creek upstream and through the National Zoological Park, north of Georgetown. The lower access opens into a sizeable wooded green space of 1,754 acres between 16th Street and Oregon Avenue, due east of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Ohio

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Scioto Audubon
New park won't be just for birders
$835,000 worth of fun stuff could draw many visitor species
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 3:17 AM
By Mark Ferenchik

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

The new Scioto Audubon Metro Park will be more than a birdwatchers' haven.

It also is being built as a magnet to help attract more residents and workers Downtown.

To that end, Franklin County Metro Parks is spending $835,000 on other stuff to draw folks besides those who are there for the Grange Insurance Audubon Center.

The Bunker Hill Bogs Wildlife Recreation Area, Jackson Township, New Jersey

New Jersey’s new 364 acre wildlife recreation area and hiking park
June 7, 2009 by Phil Stilton
Filed under Feature, Jackson Activities, News
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The Emerald Necklace, Boston

Boston’s Emerald Necklace is a series of nine parks interconnected by both pathways and waterways. Boston Common, Public Garden, Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Back Bay Fens, Riverway, Olmstead Park, Jamaica Pond Park, Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park form a “necklace” roughly 7 miles long. All these parks are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The Presidio - San Francisco

The Presidio is a former U.S. Army post and barracks in San Francisco located on 1,491 acres overlooking the San Francisco Bay just south of the Golden Gate Bridge. Decommissioned in 1994, the Presidio was then transferred to the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The Presidio Trust manages the interior 80 percent of Presidio lands, including most buildings and infrastructure. The National Park Service manages coastal areas.

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Veterans Memorial Park, Auburn, New York

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New veterans memorial unveiled in Auburn

06/14/2009 07:12 PM

By: Andy Mattison

AUBURN, N.Y. -- A new park in Auburn is now dedicated to war veterans from all eras. Veterans Memorial Park was unveiled Sunday with local politicians and dozens of veterans on hand.

The memorial features engraved stones along a walkway, paying tribute to men and women who served in various wars from Iraq to as far back as the Revolutionary War.

Wissahickon Valley Park, Philadelphia

The Wissahickon Valley Park follows the winding path of Wissahickon Creek in the northern section of the larger Fairmont Park system, to the northwest of the city of Philadelphia. Wissahickon Valley Park, however, is its own entity, having been the first piece of publicly owned land in the U.S. that was preserved mainly for its scenic qualities.

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