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Old 10-14-2007, 10:49 PM
 
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What is your city's flagship park?


BTW, if you have pics or links, post them!
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Old 10-14-2007, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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For Phoenix, the closest thing to a "flagship" park would be Papago Park. It's somewhat along the lines of San Diego's Balboa Park-- a park made up of parks-- although nowhere near as well known or touristy (no beautiful buildings). Papago Park includes the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Gardens, a golf course, an Army reserve base, canals, and major utilities. Most of it is a desert park, with red rock buttes, but it's not really the wide open natural desert; dozens of roads snake in and out of it, several areas of "lagoons" have been built with urban fishing, a lot of non-native trees have been planted. It's definitely overdeveloped, but it's still nice to have.

Here's two pictures I have taken: First one, shot right off the sidewalk on Van Buren St, shows the red rocks in the background. Second one is taken from the top of Hunt's Tomb, overlooking the Papago Park golf course in the midground and the city of Phoenix skyline in the background.
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Old 10-15-2007, 12:38 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Whoops, didn't mean to delete my own post... anyway, it was mentioned by the last poster, but Balboa Park, San Diego... here's some pics though.
http://www.geomembrane.com/040214%20Balboa%20Park%20-%20San%20Diego%20037.jpg (broken link)

http://www.geomembrane.com/040214%20Balboa%20Park%20-%20San%20Diego%20022.jpg (broken link)
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Old 10-15-2007, 04:10 AM
 
Location: the best coast
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Sf -golden gate park, berkeley-peoples park
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Old 10-15-2007, 04:42 AM
 
Location: Good ol Georgia
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Stone Mountain Park..we love to go to the Laser Show

Stone Mountain Park: Georgia theme park in Atlanta

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a110/breese823/stone1.jpg (broken link)

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a110/breese823/stone2.jpg (broken link)
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Old 10-15-2007, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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In Chicago the 2 best known parks are Millenium Park:Millennium Park, or Grant Park: http://www.hellochicago.com/Images/P...rk_Chicago.jpg

http://www.jimtardio.com/chicago/chicago-buckingham-fountain-grant-park.jpg (broken link)
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Old 10-15-2007, 11:37 AM
 
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Great pics so far everyone, especially of Stone Mountain in Georgia!
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Old 10-15-2007, 12:43 PM
 
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In St. louis our flagship park is Forest Park. Which according to Wikipoedia:

At 1,293 acres (5.2 km˛), Forest Park is considerably larger than New York's Central Park (843 acres or 3.41 km˛).

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/01/Jewl-box-forest-park-saint-louis.jpg/444px-Jewl-box-forest-park-saint-louis.jpg (broken link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._PK_bridge.jpg

But personally I think Tower Grove park is more scenic and has better architecture:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...rk_Scene_1.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/1/1b/IMG_0511.JPG/800px-IMG_0511.JPG (broken link)
Chinese Pavillion

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/76/IMG_0508.JPG/800px-IMG_0508.JPG (broken link)

Turkish Pavillion
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Old 10-15-2007, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Good ol Georgia
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Originally Posted by Rwarky View Post
Great pics so far everyone, especially of Stone Mountain in Georgia!

Why thank ya! Wish I could take credit for the photos but I lifted them off the site
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Old 10-15-2007, 03:10 PM
 
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In Portland our flagship park is also Forest Park, which is huge. One of the things Portland gets voted #1 for over and over is our parks, biking trails, and other things involving nature.

From Wikipedia:
The park is over 5,000 acres (20.23 km˛) with 4,873 acres (19.72 km˛) of second and old growth forest, threaded by more than 70 miles (112 km) of recreational trails. Forest Park stretches for over eight miles (13 km) on hillsides overlooking the Willamette River.

http://www.syntaxpolice.org/pics/forestPark/forestPark.jpg (broken link)



This park is in Portland city... Amazing.

Another park, more family friendly, is Washington Park (which is by where I live).

http://worldrose.org/awards/images/Washington-Park.jpg (broken link)


http://www.zoobomb.org/albums/album42/CRW_1240.jpg (broken link)

Sundays @ 11:45 riding the Max it will fill up with people heading up the hill to go Zoobombing. Zoobombing is a Portland tradition where hundreds of kids get together and ride crazy bikes (small, large, etc.) down the hills in Washington Park (where the Zoo is at). Afterwards they typically party. I often see them at Goose Hollow Inn enjoying a beer (PBR).
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