Boston Common

on boston common (reblog)

Landscape Notes

As the “Hub of the Universe” Boston touts many firsts.  The first public library, the first subway system, the first swimming school and pool in America, the first public secondary school and the first public park in America – the Boston Common.

For a list of Boston firsts visit: http://www.cityofboston.gov/visitors/about/firsts.asp.

Whether Boston Common is the first public park in America is open to interpretation.  Other parks, including Bushnell Park in Hartford, Connecticut (the first city in America to spend public funds to build a public park), Central Park in New York City (America’s first major park intended solely for public use), Wilkes-Barre River Common in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (the first waterfront park in America located in the first town to design a park into its layout from the onset and  recognize it as a park by any form of government) and Plaza de la Constitucion in St. Augustine, Florida…

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