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Franklin Park

Listed under Parks in Boston, United States.

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Going from the Boston Common to Franklin Park, you experience a common, a garden, a mall, a former tidal marsh, a river glen, several ponds and an arboretum. Welcome to the "country park," the largest park and crowning jewel of Frederick Law Olmsted's achievements in Boston. Olmsted considered "country parks," those used "exclusively with reference to the enjoyment of rural scenery," to be crucial for city dwellers. But in addition to scenery, Franklin Park has a woodland preserve and The Playstead, an area for active recreation and sports. The Greeting, planned as a formal entrance, is now the site of the Franklin Park Zoo, added in 1911. Historically the park encompassed 527 acres and it took several years to build. It was considered so important to our physical and mental health that the city raised its debt limit and borrowed $2 million to build it. Originally Park Commissioners had hoped to tap into Ben Franklin's trust fund for the money to acquire this park, hence the name.

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