As the United States grew, cities started establishing a more uniform way of planning. Parks became an essential part of cities because that is where residents could enjoy walking, exploring, and even playing with their children or pets. There are parks throughout the country, including our nation’s capital, Washington DC. There are local and city parks that are small, but there are also huge national parks. Let’s take a look at the eight largest city parks in Washington DC.
8. Theodore Roosevelt Island
If there’s one thing that Theodore Roosevelt would be happy about is the creation of the National Park Service. In honor of him, the government established a national park called Theodore Roosevelt Island. It is an 88.5-acre Island and National Memorial dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States. Furthermore, the island is run by the National Park Service. Lastly, access to the island can only be done via foot, as there are no Cars allowed on the island.
7. National Zoological Park
With a total of 163 acres, the National Zoological Park was established in 1889. In the facilities between the National Zoo in Washington DC and another campus in Virginia, the zoo has 2,700 animals. There are all types of animals in the zoo including birds, Asian elephants, reptiles, marine animals, and even giant pandas. The zoo is open every day (except Christmas Day) and admission is completely free.
6. Glover Archbold Park
The Glover Archbold Park is named after the two people who donated the land in 1924, Charles Carroll Glover and Anne Mills Archbold. Run by the National Park Service, the Glover Archbold Park is a total of 103 Acres and it sits west of Georgetown University. It is located in Northwest Washington DC. There are more than 200 fungus species located throughout the park. There is an abundance of different species of trees, wildflowers, and plant species. Furthermore, some of the animal species that you may find in the park include whitetail deer, Virginia opossums, gray foxes, and coyotes. Among the birds that you may find include blue jays, Carolina wrens, American robins, northern mockingbirds, and northern cardinals.
5. National Arboretum
The National Arboretum was created after Congress passed a law ensuring its establishment in 1927. A whopping 446 acres, the National Arboretum is located northeast of the US Capitol building. Furthermore, there are about 800,000 specimens of plants located in the Arboretum. There are also many, many species of trees, plants, and other greenery.
4. Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens
The Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens have several cultivated ponds near the Anacostia River, as well as the largest tidal marsh in Washington DC. Furthermore, there is an abundance of plants and Greenery at the park, as well.
3. Potomac Park
When divided, Potomac Park serves as two parks. However, they also can be joined together as one large park. West Potomac Park includes the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, as well as other national landmarks like the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The park also lines up around the Tidal Basin where the cherry blossoms are located. East Potomac Park consists of amenities like a golf course, a public swimming pool, tennis courts, and several sports fields.
2. Anacostia Park
Anacostia Park is run by the National Park Service and there is an abundance of sites included in the park where people can have fun. Moreover, there are basketball courts, tennis courts, and fields for baseball and other types of sports. People can also roller skate there and there are boat clubs with a marina and a golf course.
1. Rock Creek Park
Rock Creek Park is located in the northwest quadrant of our nation’s capital. Congress decided that they wanted to create a large park and thus ensured that in 1890. The park is a total of 1,754 Acres, and it goes along Rock Creek. Furthermore, the park gets about 2 million people every year, and they use nature trails, its golf course, playgrounds, the tennis center, and other facilities. Rock Creek Park is run by the National Park Service.
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