Friday, July 22, 2011

Liberty Park, Salt Lake City

I am grateful for urban parks. Thank you to the dreamers, the city planners and government officials, the communities,  and the wealthy individuals who have made beautiful urban parks a part of most city landscapes here in America.

Liberty Park is a popular 80-acre urban park in Salt Lake City and one of my favorite places to visit here. I recommend it to residents and visitors alike.

It is Salt Lake City's second largest public park. In 1860 the land was the property of Brigham Young. In 1881 the city of Salt Lake purchased the land from the Young estate.

Liberty Park has something for everyone - a pond where you can rent little boats and feed the ducks, a great tennis center, picnic areas, large grassy areas for hanging out, horse shoe pits, fields for team sports, a jogging and roller blading path, a swimming pool, amusement rides, basketball and volleyball courts and on and on. The Chase Home Museum of Folk Arts is located there, along with the Tracy Aviary which opened in 1938. The city zoo was once located there but it moved in 1931 and became the Hogle Zoo.

Liberty Park is a great place for walking. It is popular, but never too crowded. On recent visits I've spotted stick fighters costumed in some kind of dungeon and dragon fantasy world garb, practicing tight rope walkers, drum circles and a guy practicing the bag pipes. I like a place that has crazy goings on.

Photo from Wikipedia

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