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Old 05-15-2013, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Center City
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The way Rittenhouse Square Park was talked up I thought it would be a large park. Wow its small only one and a half blocks wide and two blocks long. Seattle Center is over 50 square blocks of park and plaza The International Fountain area alone is larger than Rittenhouse Square. But as an urban park I woulg go with Chicago and NewYork they have far much larger urban parks than anyone else.
All are nice parks. People's preferences vary. In some instances I guess it all depends on if one is a size queen or not.
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:42 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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The way Rittenhouse Square Park was talked up I thought it would be a large park. Wow its small only one and a half blocks wide and two blocks long. Seattle Center is over 50 square blocks of park and plaza The International Fountain area alone is larger than Rittenhouse Square. But as an urban park I woulg go with Chicago and NewYork they have far much larger urban parks than anyone else.
There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of actual parkland at Seattle Center, it's mostly just buildings.
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:45 PM
 
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There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of actual parkland at Seattle Center, it's mostly just buildings.
It sort of just reminds me of a big fairgrounds, though they got rid of the cheesy amusement park. But if you go there at Bumbershoot or Folk Life it just seems like a big fair--I wouldn't really consider it much of a park. There's an area around the big fountain that's sort of park-like though...
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:02 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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San Diego does have one the highest %'s of land as well as total acreage as parkland.

Balboa Park is a pretty damn good park, it' huge, has a golf course, the SD Zoo, then a bunch of cultural attractions like museums and performing arts centers. I counted 17 museums, 9 Performing Arts places, Gardens, etc..

Balboa Park | A landscape of Arts and Culture

Mission Bay Park is huge too and is great for water sports like boating, jet skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, etc..

Also the natural canyon parks like Rose Canyon and Tecolote Canyon are great.

Mission Trails park is pretty good and you can hike up to a peak with a pretty good view of SD.

Even though it's a state park, Torrey Pines State Park and Beach is awesome. Great views of the ocean, cliffs, and the beach is really nice too.

BALBOA PARK:
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:06 PM
 
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It sort of just reminds me of a big fairgrounds, though they got rid of the cheesy amusement park. But if you go there at Bumbershoot or Folk Life it just seems like a big fair--I wouldn't really consider it much of a park. There's an area around the big fountain that's sort of park-like though...
Why because of all the museums or because of all the theaters, maybe the opera house not getting that comment theres no barns no rides expansive green park land the area around the fountain host festivals over 500,000 the fountain itself has hundreds of kids playing it on hot days .
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:34 PM
 
Location: The City
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Rittenhouse is a great space, small but basically a little bit for everyone and nearly always active day to night

Rittenhouse Square Park - Great Public Spaces | Project for Public Spaces (PPS)

But really its a little bit for everyone


fiddlin' around rittenhouse square - YouTube


Jazz Band on Rittenhouse Square - YouTube


Kurt Vile & The Violators - "Hunchback" Rittenhouse Square - YouTube



But dont forget Fairmont Park either

Fairmount Park - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Philly has some great and not so great parks
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:14 PM
 
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Balboa in San Diego
City Park in New Orleans
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:22 PM
 
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I am the OP, here is my top 10 I guess

1) NY
2) Chicago
3/4/5) SF/Boston/Philly
6) DC

I guess there is too many bunched up that I don't know enough about

LA, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Seattle, San Diego can fight for the last slots
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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I am the OP, here is my top 10 I guess

1) NY
2) Chicago
3/4/5) SF/Boston/Philly
6) DC

I guess there is too many bunched up that I don't know enough about

LA, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Seattle, San Diego can fight for the last slots
Do you have reasons for those picks or are you just guessing?

I see city parks and squares as two separate discussions. They serve different purposes IMO.
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Winter in Phoenix, Summer in Munds Park
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1. Phoenix - South Mountain Park, Dreamy Draw, North Mountain Park, Camelback Mountain, Mcdowell Mountain Park, Thunderbird Park, Lake Pleasent Recreation Area, White Tank Mountains Park, West Wing Mountain Park, Sierra Estrella Park, Rio Vista Community Park, Hance Park, Civic Space, Copper Square, Sonoran Desert National Monument, among many others
2. San Francisco -Union Square, Alamo Square, etc
3. Los Angeles
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