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The Roxbury Magazine free pdf Excerpt from The Roxbury Magazine One of the features of the general scheme for park development proposed by the first Board of Park Commissioners in 1876 was a large park in West Roxbury. The commission, fortunately, in this park, as well as in the whole park system of the city, had the advice of Mr. Frederick Law Olmsted, the eminent landscape architect, and his associates- and to their well-developed plan, so carefully thought out, in advance is due the beauty of design which becomes more and more apparent as the plan develops from year to year. Franklin Park was first called West Roxbury Park on account of its location- but the name was changed in January 1882. The change was made, not simply with the object of honoring one of the nation's greatest men, a resident of Boston, but also because it was at that time proposed to use a portion of the Franklin Fund when it became available in 1891 for the payment of the park loan. But on account of legal objections or for other reasons this was not carried out. The land for Franklin Park was taken in 1883 and 1884. The cost of the land was more than $1,500,00. The area is 527 acres. In its landscape Franklin Park is a great natural park, with woodland, rocky hills, meadows, and ponds. It affords to many a resident of the near-by city an opportunity to view a little rural scenery which possibly he would never see, had it not been provided by the forethought of the city authorities- and the many visitors of all ages and classes on a warm Saturday afternoon or Sunday in summer attest its popularity. Those who enjoy driving, find in its ten miles of smooth roads, an opportunity for pleasure free from the noise and bustle of the usual city streets, while those who choose the saddle are provided with something over two miles of bridle path suitable for this class of sport. Its roads also make it a paradise for the bicycle rider- and on a pleasant day or evening in spring or fall thousands of these noiseless machines may be counted, the smiling faces of their riders attesting their enjoyment. For those who, from necessity or preference, choose to roam about the park on foot, have been provided some twenty miles of walks, which wind around and over the hills and valleys to many pleasant and sheltered nooks where the pedestrian may rest, and, while resting, feast his eyes on the moving throng in the roadways or upon a pretty bit of scenery. In the northern section of the park is the Playstead, a level piece of ground of thirty acres, where the school-boy finds splendid opportunity for athletic recreation- and, in season, one may see several games of base-ball or foot-ball going on at the same time without interfering one with the other. On the southerly side of the Playstead is the Overlook, which forms an elevated terrace, eight hundred feet long, for spectators. This terrace, built of the stones taken from the Playstead, with its irregular front covered with vegetation, forms a beautiful background for the level playground. Beyond Glen Road, the traffic street across the park, is the "Country Park," almost mile square. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : All Souls' Unitarian Church
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331868513
EAN : 9781331868514
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Number of Pages : 108 pages
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Language : English
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