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Forest Park - Springfield, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 05.080 W 072° 33.917
18T E 701376 N 4662045
Quick Description: The 745 acre Forest Park is located in the southwest part of Springfield.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 10/23/2011 7:11:27 AM
Waymark Code: WMCXHT
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Rayman
Views: 6

Long Description:
Forest Park is 745 acres and one of the largest municipal parks in the nation. In 1884, Orick Herman Greenleaf donated 65 acres of land then H. Everett Barney donated his 178 acre estate to the City of Springfield for the establishment of a park. Several others also donated abutting parcels of land. When all the land was intact the City of Springfield commissioned Fredrick Law Olmsted to design a park-scape.

Among the features of the park are:

Amphitheater
Aquatic Gardens
Athletic Field
Barney Mausoleum
Baseball Diamonds
Basketball Courts
Bocce Courts
Covered Bridge
Cyr Arena (Ice Skating/Hockey)
Dinosaur Footprints
Dr. Seuss Playground
Duck Pond
Forest Park Zoo
Fountain Lake
Lawn Bowling Court
Outdoor Swimming Pool (America's First Public Swimming Pool)
Pecousic Villa (Barney Estate)
Porter Lake
Rose Garden
Shuffleboard Courts
Tennis Courts
Walker Grandstand (Baseball)
Wooded Picnic Areas (Prouty Picnic Grove)
Type of Public Space: Park

Architect: Fredrick Law Olmsted

Job Number: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
There are no specific visit requirements, however telling about your visit is strongly encouraged. Additional photos of the park to add to the gallery are also nice, but not required. Pictures with a GPS or you in them is highly discouraged.
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