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Q6 – When you think of an attractive park you have visited anywhere, what made that park inviting or memorable for you?

  • Landscaping (95)
  • Shade/trees (95)
  • Clean/well maintained  (81)
  • Walking trails (53)
  • Water areas/features (51)
  • Picnic area/pavilions (38)
  • Scenic/good view (34)
  • Green/open space (32)
  • Benches/seating (28)
  • Variety/nice playground equipment (28)
  • Variety/lots of things to do (25)
  • Clean/nice bathrooms – flush (21)
  • Relaxing atmosphere/peaceful/quiet (19)
  • Natural/woodsy park (17)
  • Safety/security patrols (11)
  • Plenty of parking (9)
  • Spring Creek (7)
  • Dog friendly (7)
  • Tudek park (6)
  • Location/convenience (6)
  • Size/large (5)
  • Away from cars, residential noise (5)
  • Biking trails (4)
  • Lighting (4)
  • Nature trails (4)
  • Not overcrowded (3)
  • Friendly users (3)
  • Fitness stations (3)
  • Lots of birds/wildlife (3)
  • Water shoots/sprinkler area for kids (3)
  • Swimming (3)
  • Unique - drawing on & making one aware of local character (2)
  • No car or limited car access (2)
  • Live music at amphitheater (2)
  • Maps of trails (2)
  • Creek side facilities (2)
  • Basketball courts (2)
  • Easily accessible (2)
  • Bird song (2)
  • Trash cans (2)
  • Community garden (2)
  • Private area (2)
  • Sports area (2)
  • Areas for games
  • Spring creek at that park
  • Free of vandalism
  • No animal poop
  • Peony gardens by a river - attractive/peaceful
  • Cross country trails
  • Running water
  • Accessible by bike
  • Fishing areas
  • Love Greenwood furnace!
  • Historical features and walks
  • Japanese garden
  • Central places where you can meet people
  • Least amount of commercial equipment
  • Simulated waterfalls
  • Art installation
  • Exercise stations along trails
  • Downs Park in Pasadena, MD
  • Timbertown parks – all the playground equipment is wooden -  castles, bridges, etc.
  • Small hills
  • No motorized vehicles
  • Change of elevation so you can see distances - mountains
  • No sports
  • No skateboarding
  • Escape from suburban bustle
  • Lewisburg park – had pavilion, play area, all sorts of nice things
  • Free bicycle usage
  • Creek at Spring Creek
  • A park is a place where you can go and relax, exercise and enjoy nature.  All the above should make a great park.
  • The park as a whole, reflected a master plan.  Even if built in phases, it was clear the entire space had been mapped out in advance.  Everything worked in harmony and it was aesthetically pleasing.
  • Playing softball at Orchard Park and Spring Creek Park in CRPR organized league.
  • Good flow from one area to another
  • Adequate disposal facilities and enforced pick-up
  • Places to sit and read
  • Place for young people (high school) to go without being followed by the police!
  • Playground suitable for younger and older children
  • Friendly & inviting atmosphere
  • An inviting entryway, a feeling that you are leaving the regular world behind for awhile.  None of our parks have a good transition between the parking lot and park.
  • Forest Park, St. Louis
  • Mostly the type and amount of trees
  • No rust on things
  • Lots of people using the park respectfully
  • Tudek park has an impressive butterfly garden
  • Variety of activities that are visually attractive.  Planned and landscaped, not just “there”.
  • Signage
  • Natural beauty, varied surfaces, winding paths
  • Amusement park rides
  • It had a lot of playground items for all ages of kids and water fountains for drinks.
  • Specifically landscaped areas (Japanese tea garden, rose garden, wildflower garden, etc.)
  • A good park should be large and broken up in to different spaces using trees and trails.
  • Variety of facilities (picnic tables, etc.)
  • Bird houses
  • Haven’t visited any, usually not handicap accessible.
  • Longs Park – Lancaster, PA
  • Barbeque pits
  • Spring Creek is my favorite park with ball fields, tennis, volleyball, Frisbee golf and wading in the creek.
  • Entertainment
  • Tallyrand Park – Bellefonte
  • Attractive layout, variety of plants, plenty of paths/trails, benches/places to site and relax, not all space taken up for specific activities – some free space, ecological management, intrinsic interest (history, scenery, etc.)
  • Designated areas for activities (picnics, walking path, sporting areas)
  • Outdoor concerts/community gatherings
  • Handicap accessible playground
  • Rope course
  • Defined trails
  • Butterfly park
  • Would like to have more options for swimming and gyms
  • Mostly playground choices.  Multiple baby swings, etc. close to the rest.  My 2 year old likes to climb and play and I like to have my 1 year old in a swing close by.
  • Softball fields
  • Cost
  • Sidewalk areas
  • Kidsburg in Bloomsburg Town Park.  It was a large, wooden climbing activity center.
  • Mature tree stands
  • Age appropriate equipment
  • Paved trails
  • Pools
  • Family friendly
  • Olmstead’s parks (Central Park, NY; Jackson Park, Chicago; Golden Gate Park, San Francisco) and European parks.  They provide a man-made illusion of nature in urban areas.  Also, they have ponds or lagoons which offer a variety of scenery.
  • Multiple types of activities and space between the activities so that each group feels as though they are not encroaching on other so that they can fully enjoy their activity.
  • Centreville Road Park
  • Holmes Foster
  • Sunset Park
  • Volleyball courts
  • Non-development
  • A central plaza with benches, shade trees and art (statues, sculptures, etc.).  For example, State College has some examples of art that would look appropriate in a park (the grasshopper, the carved statue).
  • Connections to the culture or nature of the area. Things like kiosks, artwork, exhibits.
  • Walt Disney World has a lot of thrills in Florida.
  • A unique feature that makes it distinctive from others in the area.
  • No bright plastic eyesores.  I know the kids like them but they also come in green and brown!
  • Design
  • Pleasant, peaceful community space and community atmosphere
  • A wide variety of different ecologies from complete wilderness to formal gardens combined with good walking, hiking trails and interpretive signage.
  • It’s used by the people in the neighborhood as well as visitors.
  • Watching the grandchildren on the playground equipment having fun, climbing and just being children.
  • Recycled rubber tires for the ground/floor of play area.
  • I walk at the “Shrine” in Boalsburg frequently, the main thing I enjoy is the stream!  Especially now that there are trout in it!  Water, in any form, a fountain or a stream is wonderful in a park.  Also, natural areas like Lederer Park are great.  Also, kids love those giant play complexes, maybe with some cool stuff like rope ladders and a cable zip-line, or at least a tire swing.
  • Park with a bridge.  Beautiful landscape for taking family portraits.  Large seated swings for disabled children.
  • ORV trails
  • Lessons for all levels.
  • Family oriented, well lit
  • Scenic trails
  • Place to play for 2 yr. old that is clean, in good repair, a nice set-up for play (kid-friendly)
  • It was fun.  Had lots of rides/rollercoasters and swimming pool.
  • It’s important to keep “nature” in mind when planning a park.  While playgrounds and fields are important, the aesthetics of nature should not be overlooked.
  • Playground areas was made of wood, blended in to surroundings, did not stick out like a sore thumb like all of the plastic playgrounds do now. It was also a creative play area, let kids use their imaginations to play.  (Santa Barbara, CA and any playgrounds you see in Europe)
  • Water fountain park, lots of seating, sand volleyball, every felt invited/welcome, striking landscape.
  • My family very much enjoys Spring Creek Park for its open areas, picnic facilities and the stream for the children.
  • Well planned out with pavilions and playgrounds, sports courts and walking trails – something for everyone!
  • The setting, the landscape and if it offers something different than every other park out there.
  • Spring Creek park – the stream, covered bridge, pavilions, restroom facilities, playground layout and the ball fields.
  • Respect for nature and dedication of trees
  • Child friendly
  • Fit with nature, facilities, accessibility
  • Availability to remove trash
  • Nice layout with both fields and trails, both open space and trees and flowers.  Tudek park is an example.  Also attractive is Spring Creek park with the water and lots of trees.

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