Garden Of The Gods Top City Park In USA

Dated: 03/28/2017

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Image title	On the road to Garden of the Gods,W.H. Jackson sample album. Colorado Book VII, no. 76, Denver Public Library


Top 5 City Parks in the USA

No.1)  Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs CO

No.2)  New York's Central Park

No.3)  Chicago's Millennium Park   

No.4)  New York's Highline Park

No.5)  Boston's Public Gardens

How did Garden of the Gods become tops on America's favorite city parks?

According to TripAdvisor the ranking was taken from feedback from over 3000 visitor reviews giving the park a 5 out of 5 average rating.  The park hosts over 2,000,000 visitors a year and nearly 750,000 visitors who stop by the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center.  

The area now known as Garden of the Gods was first called Red Rock Corral by the Europeans. Then, in August 1859, two surveyors who helped to set up Colorado City explored the site. One of the surveyors, M. S. Beach, suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden". His companion, the young Rufus Cable, awestruck by the impressive rock formations, exclaimed, "Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods. [1]


Image titleA horse and buggy on a trail in front of the Cathedral Spires rock formations, Garden of the Gods, Photo courtesy of Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library

In 1879 Charles Elliott Perkins, a friend of William Jackson Palmer, purchased 480 acres of land that included a portion of the present Garden of the Gods. Upon Perkins' death, his family gave the land to the City of Colorado Springs in 1909, with the provision that it would be a free public park. Palmer had owned the Rock Ledge Ranch and upon his death it was donated to the city. Becoming a National Landmark in 1971 and being named a Great American Public Place of 2011 by the American Planning Association [1]

Top 2 City Parks in the World

No.1)  Stanley Park in Vancouver Canada

No.2)  You guessed it!!!   Garden of the Gods in Colorado USA

Imagsandstone rock formations and Gate Rock, a pillar at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs  Photo courtesy of  Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library  William Henry Jackson Collection.e title


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[1] Garden of the Gods Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_of_the_Gods


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