Urban green space
|Beaver Lake, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC|
Reclaiming such places, whether paths along rivers or harbors, parks in old industrial sites or quarries, or overgrown edges -- these provide transformative experiences for urban residents, becoming favorite places to capture a bit of being in nature.
I revisited a post written about Stockholm's rock outcrops a couple of days ago, in the process, remembering other green spaces in other large cities that both provided respite and spoke to me.
Many years ago, in NYC for a International Botanical Garden Education conference, one of our field trips was to the NY Botanical Garden. I remember vividly walking through the old-growth forest remnant, the reason the Garden was sited there in the Bronx, when it was established in 1895. I felt distinct calmness and relief; a week of NYC's noise and traffic had been taking its toll. I was at home in that forest.
Similarly, Vancouver's wonderful urban park, Stanley Park, has the same character, on a larger scale.
In this post from September 2017, I wrote about a loop we took through the center of the park: magic.