Learn more about some of the world’s other great Destination Parks. Each is a stunning example of the Power of Nature through exquisite landscape preservation, conservation and design. Dix Park will soon join them.
Central Park – New York, NY USA
For over 150 years, Central Park has stood as the “green oasis in the great concrete, high-rise landscape of New York City.” The first public park built in America, Central Park’s 843 acres include 136 acres of woodlands, 250 acres of lawns, and 150 acres of water.
Forest Park – St. Louis, MO USA
Completed in 1876, Forest Park is a 1,326 acre destination park in the center of St. Louis, Missouri. Once the temporary setting of the 1904 World’s Fair, it was converted back to a park at the Fair’s conclusion. The St. Louis Zoo – considered to be one of the finest in the world – occupies 70 acres of Forest Park and was the first America zoo to be supported by a city government.
Linville Gorge – Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, USA
With over 12,000 acres of virgin forests, spectacular overlooks and whitewater rivers, Linville Gorge was one of the original components of the American “National Wilderness System.” Thousands come each year to experience the power of nature. The US Army Rangers and US Marines even do their wilderness training there.
Hyde Park – London, England
Once part of London’s Westminster Abbey property, its 350 acres were converted to a deer park by King Henry VIII. Truly a testament to the power of nature, today there are over 4,000 trees, a lake, meadow and horse races right in the middle of London.
Millennium Park – Chicago, IL USA
Conceived in 1998, Chicago’s Millennium Park is a recent attempt to return land back to the power of nature. The park’s 24 acres overlook majestic Lake Michigan and were once home to unsightly railroad tracks and parking lots. Mayor Richard Daley’s vision started out as an open-lawn music venue to replace the old railroad tracks. But today this combination of architecture, sculpture and landscape design stands as Chicago’s crowning achievement.
Piedmont Park – Atlanta, GA USA
The most expansive and popular of Atlanta’s city parks was originally laid out for the Cotton States and International Exposition of 1895, and it now attracts more than 2 million visitors annually. The 189-acre facility is home to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and scenic Lake Clara Meer, and plays host to many of Atlanta’s favorite concerts and festivals.
Sherwood Forest – Nottinghamshire, England
World famous as the legendary home of Robin Hood, this historic patchwork of woodland is an ecologically important home to some of Europe’s greatest trees, and rare lowland heathland. The 165 square mile site is dedicated to restoring some of England’s ancient heritage landscapes.