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The “Best” City Parks

On the list is Seattle's Cal Anderson Park, built over a reservoir in one of the city's most densely populated districts. Photo: City of Seattle

Forbes.com today ran a “Best City Parks” article and slide show. The list is different in that it doesn’t simply give the most well known city parks in the country. Sure, Central Park is mentioned, but also highlighted are some of the lesser publicized but loved greenspaces that define what urban parks can be.

This includes  Boston’s 1.5-acre gem, Post Office Square, which has helped turn around the city’s financial district and Baltimore’s 150-acre Patterson Park, a great community park whose revitalization has itself spurred the comeback of its surrounding neighborhood.

Also included is Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Yes, a cemetery. The Forbes slide show gives some background and quotes TPL’s Peter Harnik:

This centrally located Atlanta green space, founded in 1850, is more a historical cemetery than an active one, says Harnik. Today it functions, in the words of the Historic Oakland Foundation, as an “island of tranquility in the heart of the city” and serves as a site for picnics, jogging and neighborhood festivals. “It’s a very creative use of space in a city that’s short on park land,” says Harnik.

This list of course is not an actual ranking of the “best” city parks, but instead is a neat smorgasbord of notable spaces from across America’s urban landscape.

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