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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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  • Great .. once you got in. You drive through the gates and pay & they give you a radio station to tune in to for Christmas music. Drive slow ... take some pics .. enjoy. But .... beware ... It was a lo...  more »
  • This is a family activity we do whenever we are in MA for the holidays. It's really fun and well done.  more »
  • It was good the first year, and created much needed money for the city. But after that, its now just a tradition that we have to do. Recently, I don't think anything new has been added.  more »
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  • Great trails! Many options and difficulty levels on trail selection. Great organic stone structures, very clean and pristine views!
  • Always one of my favorite places to go too. Can take the dog or walk in the woods. Did my sisters Engagement pics there.
  • Cute zoo, small. Empty animal displays, but a good set up.
  • Is so big have beautiful gardens a duckie island the air is so fresh
  • Go here annually for the bright nights celebration. Lots of fun! Great for kids