John & Anne Wiley

2012/06/19

Grand Parks

We’ve been to some truly iconic Grand Parks at cities around the world. Among my faves are Central Park in NYC (in our aerials from this post), SF’s Golden Gate Park, Vancouver’s Stanley Park, Rome’s Borghese Gardens, and a growing list of others. But right here in Santa Barbara we have many good parks and a set of three that, in scale to city size, is a Grand Park.

0269 Grand Park

0269 Grand Park

You’ve seen many pix of this three-park complex here over the years, including this recent Alameda Park drive-by testing my new camera.

0017 Tree Song

0017 Tree Song

In less than a week, you’ll probably see some new Solstice pix we’ll take here. It will look quite different than the quiet time above as the parade aftermath fills it with colorful people, floats, costumes, arts, crafts, food and beverages. But a couple of days ago the southwest section of the park was the scene of this party with live music.

0270 Lively Park Party

0270 Lively Park Party

I guess what makes a park Grand for me isn’t just size. Add diversity, music, kids feeding ducks (in the ponds of the Alice Keck section), kids on playground equipment (in the Kid’s World section), a gazebo, open space, and natural beauty. Oh, and the fact that like many locals I visit there often ( and want to fly over). 🙂

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