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Forest Park, Springfield
(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 walk here regularly the scenery is beautiful. There is a zoo and train (seasonal). Ball fields, picnic areas and duck ponds. The winter has Bright Nights. 
  • My son and his family live across the street from Forest Park and each ttime me we visit we spend hours, walking, picnicking and sitting by the lake. There are always folks here who are walking dogs, ...  more »
  • Beautiful walk around the park. I stopped by for the Farmer's Market on Tuesdays. It was a nice place to walk around and take a small hike. Wish I had my dog with me.