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The Circle: Uptown Normal, IL

The Circle located in uptown Normal, IL is a beautifully landscaped and sustainably designed multi-functional circle that provides community green space, re-circulates storm water into a public fountain and improves traffic circulation. Designed by the award winning Hoerr Schaudt landscape architects from Chicago, the circle aesthetically enhances the community surroundings creating an energy that naturally entices and ...more »

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Central Park

Central Park ranks among the world's outstanding public places because of its influential original design - and its current management. Since its inception, Central Park's much-imitated design has accommodated a variety of activities for New Yorkers, and the vision of Frederic Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux has proven timeless in that it is still highly suitable for today's park users. http://www.pps.org/great_public_spaces/one?public_place_id=1&type_id=0 ...more »

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Ira Keller Fountain - Portland, OR

Ira Keller Fountain Video: This 1 acre downtown Portland Fountain from 1970 may not be the most classicallly beautifully thing ever, but it does evoke the crashing Oregon streams and rivers nearby and is a wonderful place to passively engage with (reading a book) or actively engage with (splashing around). Well designed into the site it is a great little pocket amid the 70's ...more »

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Riverfront Park, Mankato, Minn.

Riverfront Park celebrates the heritage and culture of greater Mankato by providing recreational and cultural opportunities along the banks of the Minnesota River. Riverfront Park features a grand lawn that provides seating for more than 12,000 people. Kasota Stone, native to Mankato and the region and used worldwide, serves as natural seating areas for the park’s Vetter Stone Ampitheater, which showcases various performances, ...more »

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Bataan Memorial Park

Beautiful use of stone in this small park designed by William S. Perkins, ASLA. Located in Albuquerque and listed on the State of NM registry of Cultural Properties. The park honors the sacrifice of the Veterans of the US Army 200th and 515th Coast Artillery (AA) Regiments, who participated in the defense of the Phillipines at the outbreak of the war in the Pacific 1941

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Boston North End Greenway

The parks reflect the comfortable scale of the adjacent North End neighborhood. Spacious lawns surrounded by densely planted perimeter beds define these parks that were designed by Crosby, Schlessinger, Smallridge LLC and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd. Along the eastern edge, a trellis “pergola” covers a long “front porch” that provides both a place for sitting and an overlook for the lawn and the historic architecture ...more »

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