This woman brings her Pomerian to the park and feeds the squirrels every morning.
When I first moved to my new city, I commuted two hours, which involved being driven to the train station, riding the train for an hour, riding the Metro, and then riding a bus. It was ridiculous and fortunately short lived. Now, I walk a mile to work, mostly through a city park that is blissfully quiet in the morning and bustling with happy activity in the evening.
I live three blocks from Baltimore's Patterson Park, which was established as a public space more than 250 years ago. Before moving here, I had no idea there was such a great place nearby: it includes paved and brick walkways, a duck pond, a playground, baseball fields, tennis courts, a football field, an ice rink, a pool, and a new dog park. I love walking through here and spotting all the happy kids, families, and dogs.
In each city I've lived in, the parks have given me breathing room and been a big part of making me feel at home. (I'm looking at you, Meridian Hill and Buttes-Chaumont.) As we've passed Earth Day and nearly closed out Apartment Therapy's April focus on gardening and the outdoors, I've got my mind on this park that I can love throughout the year.
What are your favorite local parks?
(Images: Kim Rinehimer)