Most of us are lucky enough to grow up near a city park, a place where we might climb trees, attend picnics with family, learn to swim or learn crafts during the Summer.
My childhood park was Lincoln Park in Alameda, Ca. It’s where I played softball, and learned to appreciate really tall trees.
The first official public park was Boston Common, created in 1634, used for a variety of applications until becoming a public park in the 1830’s. Frederick Law Olmsted and the architecture firm he and his brother began, created many city parks in the 1800’s, among them the three below.
I don’t want to overlook Calvert Vaux’s input. He was Frederick’s mentor and partner earlier in Olmsted’s career.
It’s time visit some parks. This is video heavy.
First up. Forest Park- Portland Oregon
Central Park — New York City
Jackson Park, Chicago, Ill.
Do you notice similarities between the three? Geographically or aesthetically?
The Future Of Public Parks (New Yorker)
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