Guyana National Park, Georgetown

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A national park is a natural park in use for conservation purposes, created and protected by national governments. Often it is a reserve of natural, semi-natural, or developed land that a sovereign state declares or owns. Although individual nations designate their own national parks differently, there is a common idea: the conservation of 'wild nature' for posterity and as a symbol of national pride.
The United States established the first "public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people", Yellowstone National Park, in 1872. Although Yellowstone was not officially termed a "national park" in its establishing law, it was always termed such in practice and is widely held to be the first and oldest national park in the world. However, the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve (in what is now Trinidad and Tobago; established in 1776), and the area surrounding Bogd Khan Uul Mountain (Mongolia, 1778), which were restricted from cultivation in order to protect surrounding farmland, are seen as the oldest legally protected areas.
An international organization, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), has defined "National Park" as its Category II type of protected areas. According to the IUCN, 6,555 national parks worldwide met its criteria in 2006. IUCN is still discussing the parameters of defining a national park.
National parks are almost always open to visitors.
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  • The National Park is situated on Thomas Road, near the Guyana Defence Forces HQ. It is not very well kept. Many structures are dilapidated e.g. the tennis court no longer exists. The children's... 
    The National Park is situated on Thomas Road, near the Guyana Defence Forces HQ. It is not very well kept. Many structures are dilapidated e.g. the tennis court no longer exists. The children's...  more »
  • We walked 1.5 km north from our Signature Inn to this park. After asking a few locals for directions, we proceeded around the soccer field to the northeast side passing several wetlands with flowers.....  more
    We walked 1.5 km north from our Signature Inn to this park. After asking a few locals for directions, we proceeded around the soccer field to the northeast side passing several wetlands with flowers.....  more »
  • National Park is really a misnomer. This is really a grass & path area for playing sport. However, we came to see the Manatee's that live in the pond. To be sure of seeing them I guess that one... 
    National Park is really a misnomer. This is really a grass & path area for playing sport. However, we came to see the Manatee's that live in the pond. To be sure of seeing them I guess that one...  more »

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