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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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TripAdvisor
  • We entered this park looking for the zoo, couldn't find the zoo but there are other things to see and do with kids. We had to pay $5 to drive through, didn't receive a map and basically drove in circl...  more »
  • what else can be said- touring the park by car to see it all lit uyp for celebrating Christ-mas is just awesome.  more »
  • We have been coming to Forest Park for over 30 years! It's beautiful, with gorgeous flowers, ponds, a zoo, huge fields to play on, and lots of sites for grilling. Good place for family picnics and par...  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!
  • 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!
  • Great trails! Many options and difficulty levels on trail selection. Great organic stone structures, very clean and pristine views!
  • Really nice community park! There are fields for sports, open walking paths with ponds, picnic areas, cultivated gardens, a playground, a small zoo, and even paths that feel more like hiking right in the middle of the city!
  • Always one of my favorite places to go too. Can take the dog or walk in the woods. Did my sisters Engagement pics there.