Summer is finally here, and I can't think of a better way to spend it than to get outside and enjoy the weather. Here are my suggestions for five Character Approved parks that will help you do just that. Let us know which parks you'll be visiting this summer below in the comments!
West 8 Architects' Lincoln Park is probably the most amazing urban park Miami has ever seen. While feeling soft and intimate, it's also visually striking and makes a great companion to the just-opened New World Symphony building by Frank Gehry. The park is very Miami 2011: world-class and fresh.
The High Line, the park that stole our heart, has opened section 2. This park is ever expanding, and as it does more nooks, crannies, and gorgeous viewing platforms are created, giving the whole park an expanded depth.
Another great New York park to visit is Fort Tryon, to see the Heather Garden and the restored Alpine Garden. Trust us on this: The beauty is worth the trip.
While not a public park per se, the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial is a work of beauty, with benches that appear to be coming from the earth, levitated by light. As anyone who has been near the massive Pentagon Building knows, it already traffics in the sublime, but you are not allowed to hang out near it. With this memorial, there is now a new public space adjacent to the Pentagon that matches that building in awe and power.
While not fully-fledged just yet, the Bloomingdale Trail in Chicago will be a major new park in coming years. Why see it this summer? Because it's undeveloped. Walking an abandoned rail line smack in the middle of Chicago can be as picturesque (and far more contemplative) as when it's a newly planted park, and a unique experience.
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