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Forest Park, Springfield

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Forest Park is a Victorian garden district located in Springfield, Massachusetts, developed between 1880 and 1920. It is the city's most populous neighborhood, and surrounds the 735-acre Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Forest Park, for which the neighborhood is named. The Forest Park neighborhood has nature and recreation within walking distance. It begins one mile south of Metro Center and in terms of land area, it is the second largest of the city's seventeen neighborhoods. It contains 2,103 acres of land, 41% of which is conservation or parkland. Its boundaries are the Mill River and Lake Massasoit to the north; Longmeadow, Massachusetts to the south; the Connecticut River to the west; and the Highland Division Railroad to the east. To the west, I-91 separates Forest Park from the Connecticut River. A 195-acre section of the neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 as the Forest Park Heights Historic District.The 600-house Forest Park Heights Historic District was developed between 1890 and 1910, and includes gracious Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Queen Anne, and Shingle Style homes. This neighborhood was named one of the Northeast's "Best Old House Neighborhoods" by This Old House in 2010. East of the park is the Trafton Road area with Colonials and Tudors dating from the 1920s. Further east in this tree-filled neighborhood are pockets of American Craftsman style houses and more Colonials.
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  • If you're in western mass, you must stop by Forest park. I mean if you're not from the area, you'll probably think there's nothing spectacular as such but this park is quite beautiful and i have fond ...  more »
  • Park is well maintained and clean. Nice place to take a walk. They have an EXCELLENT light display at Christmas.  more »
  • We are visiting from out of state. Forest Park was a destination for us in Springfield and we were not disappointed. This park has beautiful natural areas a fine series of aquatic gardens with lotus i...  more »
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  • A beautiful park with a rose garden, large playground for kids, a nice little zoo, multiple baseball fields, and duck ponds. You pay for driving into the park ($3 instate, $5 out of state license plate) but you can park elsewhere and walk into the park if you like. Tons of picnic tables!
  • We didn't do the zoo, but we saw a peacock & a cheetah through the fence which was our excitement for the day! The grounds were beautiful and the kids enjoyed the playground. Pair it with the Dr Suess museum for a day off fun.
  • I walk here all the time! Absolutely love how each day I see a new animal! My one concern, is the amount of trash I see. It will often be next to a trash can which is a little ridiculous. Please remember to keep the park clean for not just ppl but the animals.
  • Beautiful large park with multiple different areas for all day family fun or solitary hiking and bike riding it was $3 cash only to enter the park. The Zoo was a separate charge. The Zoo takes charges.
  • Love the farmers market. I go every week on my lunch hour. I'm just waiting for the strawberries! And pick up a few other things while I'm waiting, eggs, beets, carrots, asparagus and the baked goods are phenomenal!

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