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City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit

03.30.17

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  • Point Defiance Park Rose Garden.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Point Defiance Park Pagoda and Japanese Garden.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Point Defiance Park Japanese Garden.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Point Defiance Boat Dock.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Rhododendron Garden in Point Defiance Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • View east from the hill at Gas Works Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Panoramic view of the Seattle skyline from Gas Works Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • The remains of the Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant at Gas Works.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • The entrance to the Olympic Sculpture Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Eagle, by artist Alexander Calder, at Olympic Sculpture Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Bunyon's Chess, by artist Mark di Suvero, at Olympic Sculpture Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Mural in PACCAR Pavilion, at Olympic Sculpture Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • David E. Brink Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • The Volunteer Park Conservatory.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Seattle Asian Art Museum at Volunteer Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • The Volunteer Park Conservatory.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Blooming flowers at Volunteer Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Boats at the Green Lake boat rental on the lake's northeast shore.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • East Green Lake beach and swimming area.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Green Lake Park sportsfields and volleyball set up.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • The view from Jefferson Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • The view from Jefferson Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Serious slides at Jefferson Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Lake Sammamish State Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Tibbetts Beach at Lake Sammamish State Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Saint Edward Seminary.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Lake Washington shoreline at Saint Edward State Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Forest canopy at Saint Edward State Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Bridge leading onto Cedar Island at Mary S. Young Recreation Area. This bridge does move around from year to year due to the storms.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Willamette River from Mary S. Young State Recreation Area.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • The Washington Park entrance off of SW Park Place.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • A rose in the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Washington Park's International Rose Test Garden.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Moon Bridge over the upper pond in Washington Park's Japanese Garden.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Sunset view looking north at Mount St. Helens (8,365 ft) and Mount Rainier (14,411 ft) from Washington Park's summit near Hoyt Arboretum.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) at the Oregon Zoo near Washington Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Tryon Creek State Park Visitor Center.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Tryon Creek State Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Hike it Baby group at Tryon Creek.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Fields and the picnic shelter at Overlook Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • View from Overlook Park to Portland.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Mount Tabor.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • The Harvey W. Scott statue at the top of Mount Tabor.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • View to Mount St. Helens (8,366 ft) and the Columbia River at Joseph Wood Hill.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • View to Mount St. Helens (8,366 ft) and Columbia River at Joseph Hill.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Roses reign at Peninsula Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • The water feature and gazebo in Peninsula Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Peninsula Park community center.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Peninsula Park tennis courts.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • The gothic arches of the St. Johns Bridge at Cathedral Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • The gothic arches of the St. Johns Bridge at Cathedral Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Cathedral Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Cathedral Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Downtown San Francisco seen from Mount Davidson.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Looking onto Buena Vista Park, the large, forested knoll in center, from Twin Peaks. - City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • The summit knoll in Buena Vista Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Anise swallowtail butterfly (Papilio zelicaon) in Buena Vista Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Buena Vista Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • A tennis court is tucked away on the Buena Vista Park's north slope.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Sunset at Lake Merced.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Birds at Lake Merced.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Sutro Heights Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Pacific Ocean views at Sutro Heights.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Stern Grove entrance 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Redwoods in Stern Grove.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Trocadero and magnolias in Stern Grove.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Concert meadow at Stern Grove.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Koret Children's Playground at Golden Gate Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Golden Gate Park is well known for the Conservatory of Flowers building.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Academy of Sciences building in Golden Gate Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Huntington Falls at Stowe Lake in Golden Gate Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Christmas Tree Point Viewpoint at Twin Peaks.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Rising above San Francisco, Twin Peaks Boulevard climbs to the summit.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • The summit at Corona Heights Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Corona Heights Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Corona Heights Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • View of Griffith Observatory and downtown Los Angeles from Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • View over the Hollywood Sign accessed via the Hollyridge Trail in Griffith Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • The Trails Cafe off of Fern Dell Drive in Griffith Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Griffith Observatory and Los Angeles at night.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • View of Hollywood Lake, a reservoir, from Hollywood Lake Park, a part of Griffith Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • The Los Angeles Zoo entrance within Griffith Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Chimpanzees at the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Meyberg waterfall at the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Queen Anne Cottage on the edge of Baldwin Lake at the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Tropical greenhouse at the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • American Cetacean Society building at Point Fermin Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • A massive Indian laurel fig (Ficus microcarpa) in Point Fermin Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Point Fermin Lighthouse, built in 1874.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Picnic terrace at Point Fermin Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Huntington Gardens.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • North Vista and the Huntington Art Gallery (original mansion) at Huntington Gardens.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Rose Garden at Huntington Gardens.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Rose Garden at Huntington Gardens.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Huntington Art Gallery housing European Art (in the original mansion) at Huntington Gardens.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Japanese House at Huntington Gardens.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Chinese Garden at Huntington Gardens.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Brody Botanical Center at Huntington Gardens.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Brody Botanical Center at Huntington Gardens.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • View into the Palm Garden at Huntington Gardens.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • MacArthur Park Lake.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Playground at MacArthur Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Korean Friendship Bell at Angels Gate Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Korean Friendship Bell at Angels Gate Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Thatcher Fountain at City Park, Denver.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Ferril Lake, paddle boat rentals, the City Park Pavilion and band stand.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • View of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science from across Ferril Lake at City Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Chautauqua Park Dinning Hall.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Chautauqua Park with a view of Boulder's Flatirons.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • View of Eldorado Canyon's Shirt Tail Peak from The Bastille.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Eldorado Canyon State Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Boulder Creek Path crossing over Boulder Creek at Eben G. Fine Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Boulder Creek at Eben G. Fine Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Boulder Creek at Eben G. Fine Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Locals playing at Confluence Park at the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • Floaters making their way down the South Platte River at Confluence Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
  • View of the South Platte River just downstream from Confluence Park.- City Parks You Definitely Need to Visit
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The country celebrates its city parks with National Take a Walk in the Park Day on March 30, and Outdoor Project has you covered with a list of the city parks you can't miss. The remote wildernesses and national parks get the spotlight for natural beauty, but city parks create an oasis escape for world-weary urbanites—and they are magnificent. They showcase the city skyline, the architecture, the history, or the botanical diversity unique to a place and a people, a living preserve of cultural heritage that can't be found or replicated on a lost trail in the mountain wilderness, or hidden in the deepest reaches of a sandstone canyon. Those places tell us who we are, but the city park is a reflection of who we build ourselves to be.

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