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Old 06-12-2007, 11:08 AM
 
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Minneapolis has the Chain of Lakes, five natural lakes whose shoreline is all public parkland. These lakes and several other city parks (Wirth and Minnehaha, to name the biggest) and are tied together by the Parkway system that encircles the city. It follows Minnehaha Creek on the south side and the Mississipi River on the east side. The whole thing is about 45 miles in length and can be walked, bicycled or driven. One of the best I've seen.
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Old 06-12-2007, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Smile Scranton

Scranton's current mayor has invested roughly $10,000,000 in the city's park system during his first several years in office. The crown jewel of his endeavors is Nay Aug Park, a natural oasis nestled amid the "hustle and bustle" of the Electric City.


Welcome to Nay Aug Park






The Everhart Museum








The park's brand new handicapped-accessible tree house and the views that one can see from it.


The park's pool and water slides.


Nay Aug's small amusement park.



Genesis Wildlife Center


Looking towards happy families at one of the park's playgrounds.


A wooded scene from along the Davis Trail.


A small park gazebo that houses free summer concerts on Sundays in August.






Nay Aug Gorge


Greenhouse


Looking across a decorative pond and fountain towards Community Medical Center.
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:53 AM
 
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Indianapolis actualy has the largest parks and boulevard system in the country. Like many cities its chief planner was George Kessler. It has also been consolidated on the register of national historic sites. Its oldest park is from 1827 five years after its founding. It has been nominated 4 times straight for best parks and boulevard system by the NRPA. Its Director is also a former head of the AARPA.
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:05 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Nothing beats Forest Park in St. Louis. That to me is the best park in the Midwest. It's has to be the largest city park in the United States.
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Old 10-08-2007, 08:54 AM
 
Location: LaSalle Park / St. Louis
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Fairmont Park in Philly and Balboa Park in San Diego are two of the largest urban parks. Forest Park in STL is a close contender with over 1200 acres.

St. Louis city also has a cemetery with approx. 1000 acres. Great place to visit.
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Old 10-08-2007, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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Portland Oregon hands down. We have Forest Park, one of the, if not THE largest parks in the nation, Mt. Tabor park, an actual dormant volcano covered in trails viewpoints right in the middle of the city, and about a gazillion other parks large and small.

I have lived all over the east coast, and have spent a lot of time in NYC. Central Park isn't all that.
Well, you're not going to find mountains in it. But it is beautiful and in a perfect location. NOTHING beats Central Park in the snow at night. NOTHING! I love it!
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Old 10-08-2007, 11:06 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Fairmont Park in Philly and Balboa Park in San Diego are two of the largest urban parks. Forest Park in STL is a close contender with over 1200 acres.

St. Louis city also has a cemetery with approx. 1000 acres. Great place to visit.
Would this cemetery be the one where all the Union soldiers/generals from the Civil WAr are buried, like General Sherman?
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Old 10-08-2007, 11:22 AM
 
Location: LaSalle Park / St. Louis
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Calvary / Bellefontaine Cemeteries.
General Sherman along with William Clark, the Chouteaus, Wainright, Dred Scott, Tennessee Williams and many other important people in our nations history.
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:37 PM
 
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I'm reading several posts regarding claims of largest parks in the United States. Some of these posts in fact don't even come close. So in an effort to satisfy my own curiosity, I researched the web until I found a ranking of the largest inidividual parks located within American cities:

1. Franklin Mountains Park 24,000 acres El Paso TX
2. South Mountain Park 16,283 acres Phoenix AZ
2. Carvins Cove Natural Reserve 12,700 acres Roanoke VA
4. McDowell Sonoran Preserve 11,250 acres Scotsdale AZ
5. Cullen Park 8,270 acres Houston TX
6. George Bush Park 7,800 acres Houston TX
7. North Mountain Preserve 7,500 acres Phoenix AZ
8. Gateway National Recreation Area 7,138 acres New York City NY
9. Jefferson Memorial Forest 5,650 acres Louisville KY
10. William B. Umstead State Park 5,554 acres Raleigh NC
11. Mission Trails Preserve 4,323 acres San Diego CA
12. False Cape State Park 4,321 acrs Virginia Beach VA
13. Eagle Creek Park 4,395 acres Indianapolis IN
14. Forest Park 4,317 acres Portland OR
15. Griffith Park 4,218 acres Los Angeles CA
16. Fairmount Park 4,167 acres Philadelphia PA
17. Walter Long Park 3,80s acres Austin TX
18. Bidwell Park 3,670 acres Chico CA
19. Mountain Creek Lake Park 3,643 acres Dallas TX
20. Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge San Jose CA
21. Fort Worth Wildlife Refuge 3,331 acres Fort Worth TX
22. Trinity River Park 3173 acres Dallas TX
23. Anderson County Park 3,109 acres San Jose CA
24. Bear Creek Pioneer Park 3,080 acres Houston TX
25. Mohawk Park 2,820 acres Tulsa OK

To see a full top 100 list, click on the link http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0933260.html
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:19 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Another big park in the St. Louis area is Lone Elk Park, technically where the Ozark foothills geographically begin...the park is located in the northeastern-most tip of the Salem Plateau.
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