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Some news from around…

  • Nashville’s Centennial Park may soon have more green space around its famous Parthenon, as a new Master Plan includes proposals to reduce roads and parking (NewsChannel 5 Nashville)
  • Momentum is growing in Minneapolis for a downtown greening initiative, including a possible new central park, spurred by hopes of attracting growth and new residents (MinnPost)
  • San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is being considered for landmark status, prompting debate about how the park should evolve during lean budgetary times (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • In other San Francisco park news involving a healthy discussion, a proposal for more stringent leash rules at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area has inspired debate about whether the park is more a wilderness area or urban recreation center (CBS Sacramento)
  • Peter Harnik talks with PlanPhilly about the complexity of comparing park systems, how Philadelphia could best upgrade its parks, and what ingredients make for a strong park culture (PlanPhilly)
  • And speaking of Peter, the latest review of his newest book, Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities, considers how his insight can help British park advocates understand and improve their own urban green (Horticulture Week)

One Response

  1. It’s interesting that Golden Gate National Recreation Area is claimed to be the “country’s largest urban national park” (fourth bullet, second sentence in article) when it’s not really urban (only 175 acres are actually within San Francisco proper) nor is it the largest national park entirely within a city’s limits (that’s Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve in Jacksonville).

    For anyone else curious about that statement, a complete list of the 150 Largest City Parks can be found here: http://www.tpl.org/cityparkfacts. Go to the link that says: “Largest, Oldest, and Most Visited Parks.”

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