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Forest Park, Springfield

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web
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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  • I really enjoyed myself. I was invited to a picnic there. I was quite surprised at how big it is. So pretty and green. Plenty of things to do. I just luv the zoo. My favorite. 
  • Forest Park in Springfield is a great urban park, with enough space to let you feel surrounded by the forest but still useful features like baseball diamonds, picnic sites, etc. Parking the car and ta...  read more »
  • Every Tuesday is a Farmer's Market in the "old" Forest Park & admission is Free if you are coming to the Farmer's Market. This park needs the boost because many locals still rely on it for leisure & a...  read more »
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