Parks Discovered

For this assignment you will post a park that you found somewhere in the world who’s name starts with the first letter of your last name.

Due 2/13

15 thoughts on “Parks Discovered

  1. Jorellana

    Jose R Orellana
    HMGT 4988 Park & Recreation
    Prof. Duchamp
    Homework #2
    Olympus National Park
    When I was looking different parks that start with my last name initial, I was surprised to find so many within the United States and in the world. But I decided to go with the Olympus National Park in Greece. The Olympus National Park is the highest mountain in Greece and one of the most beautiful attractions in the country. The park was established in 1938, with a size of 92 square miles and its highest point is 9,573 feet known as Mytikas. Olympus is believed that was a place where deities—gods lived and it plays an important role in the Classical Greek culture.
    Olympus National Park is considered a Mediterranean mountain, with very dry and warm summers and wet winter. The highest point of the mountain is cover by snow for about seven months of the year from May to November. Due its rich climate, Olympus has a great variety of flora and fauna with over 1,700 plants and it represents 25 percent of all Greek’s flora. In addition to the flora, the animal wild life is great as well, with more than 100 species of birds and wild animals like: wolves, wild cats, deer, to mention a few, live in the region.
    The Olympus National Parks is open year around, and it welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Some of the most popular activities to do in the park are: climbing, hiking, bird watching, and camping. In addition to these recreation activities; cultural, religious and athletics events are hosted thorough the year filled with the vibrant characteristics of the Greek culture.

  2. Peggy Z.

    One park outside of New York State that begins with the letter Z is Utah’s Zion National Park. It is located in State Rte. 9, Springdale, UT 84767. The canyon is wide with sheer cliffs dropping 3,000 feet. Weathered sandstone shines red and white, creating amazing sculptured rocks, cliffs, peaks and hanging valleys. Zion’s canyon was actually a vast desert millions of years ago. The canyon itself was formed a million years ago due to the flowing water which moved sandstone to form the sheer walls that we can see today. About 12,000 years ago, Zion welcomed its first inhabitants. People tracked and hunted the mammoth, giant sloth, and camel that were common in the area. Climate changes and over hunting led to the extinction of these animals about 8,000 years ago. Luckily, humans were quick to adapt and cultures evolved over the next 1,500 years. Thanks to a farming tradition developed by the Virgin Anasazi, people thrived in the area as Zion provided a land to grow food and a river for water. Zion offer many hiking possibilities. It is Utah’s oldest national park and brings nearly 3 million visitors per year. It is Utah’s most heavily used park.

  3. John Nieto

    A park that I have discovered that starts with the first letter of my last name is called, Northern Stony Brook Greenway located in Hunterdon, NJ. It is privately owned but also protected and have the right the use it for a specific purpose by the Delaware and Raritan Greenway, Inc. The park goes for about 3 miles long however 180 acres is used for hiking. There are 3 types of trails, to alert the hikers the park has 3 different types of colors trails. They are to remain on the trails. There are some wildlife animals, box and snapping turtles and woodcocks. The regional land conservancy is protecting and preserving land and its tributary streams.

  4. Abel Hernandez

    My last name starts with the letter H so when I did my research about theme parks with the letter H, I wanted to choose an interesting one. I chose to talk about Happy Valley Park. Happy Valley Park is the second of its kind, located in Beijing, China, this park is similar to a small city. The first Happy Valley Park is located in Zhenzhen. The concept of these parks is very similar in style to Disneyland Park. Happy Valley Beijing has over 40 rides from which 10 are extreme rides. They also have an IMAX theater, and a shopping mall.
    Happy Valley is composed of 6 main theme areas including Atlantis, Lost Maya, Aegean Sea, Ant Kingdom, Fifth Forest, and Shangri-La.
    *Aegean Sea uses Greek culture, its history and mythology as its featuring theme.
    *Lost Maya uses the lost civilization of the Maya empire as its backdrop theme.
    *Shangri-La uses Tibetan and South Western China as its backdrop theme.
    *Ant Kingdom uses fictional cartoon Ant characters as its backdrop theme.
    Happy valley is like a small city because it offers a little of everything for people of all ages. Happy Valley Beijing opened in July 2006 and each year it hosts millions of people from around the world.

      1. tiff

        Tiffany O’nate

        Oakwood Theme Park

        “Believe in Dreams”
        Narberth, Wales, United Kingdom
        51.779411°N 4.804802°W
        Coordinates: 51.779411°N 4.804802°W
        Aspro Parks [1]
        Previous names
        Oakwood Leisure Park
        Oakwood Coaster Country
        Operating season
        Late March / Early April to Early November
        30 attractions in total
        Roller coasters
        Water rides
        Oakwood Theme Park (formerly Oakwood Leisure Park, Oakwood Coaster Country & Oakwood Park) is a theme park in Pembrokeshire, Wales which attracts over 400,000 visitors each year.
        Oakwood opened in the late 1980s as a very small family park with BMXs, a wooden fort, a 3D-style cinema experience show, go-karts and a water chute ride. The park has in recent years acquired a reputation for innovation and now incorporates five large thrill rides: Megafobia (1996), Vertigo (1997), Bounce (1999), Drenched (2002, as Hydro) and Speed (2006).
        In 2006 Oakwood opened its latest ride to the public: Speed, a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter roller coaster with a 97-degree drop. This was the first Euro-Fighter in the UK and was at that time the steepest roller coaster in the United Kingdom, only being overtaken by the opening of Thorpe Park’s Euro-Fighter Saw: The Ride in 2009 and Mumbo Jumbo at Flamingo Land Resort in the summer of 2009.
        The 85-foot-tall (26 m) CCI-built wooden roller coaster “Megafobia” has been rated among the best in Europe by enthusiasts.[2]

  5. surendra karki

    Surendra karki 02/12/2015 HGMT 4988
    Kings Island
    Kings Island is a 364-acre amusement park located 24 miles (39 km) northeast of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. It is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. The park first opened in 1972 by the Taft Broadcasting Company in an effort to move and expand Coney Island, a popular resort destination along the banks of the Ohio River that was prone to frequent flooding. After more than $275 million in capital investments, the park features over 80 rides, shows and attractions including 14 roller coasters and a 33-acre water park.
    One of the park’s most well-known attractions, The Racer, is often credited with reviving worldwide interest in the roller coaster industry during the 1970s. Other attractions such as The Beast and Banshee set new world records including some that are still held. Kings Island is divided into several themed sections. The seasonal amusement park is open from April through Labor Day and reopens for a short time on weekends beginning in September for Halloween-themed events. In 2013, Kings Island was the second-most visited seasonal amusement park in the United States behind Cedar Point with an estimated 3.2 million visitors. It was third overall for seasonal attendance in North America which was led by Canada’s Wonderland. Kings Island has won Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Award for having the “Best Kids’ Area” in the world for thirteen consecutive years (2001–2013).
    Areas and attractions
    1 Action Zone
    2 Coney Mall
    3 International Street
    4 Oktoberfest
    5 Planet Snoopy
    6 Rivertown
    7 Soak City
    8 Entertainment
    9 Halloween Haunt (Seasonal)

  6. tatiana Amador

    Awash National Park

    The Awash National Park was the first park to be built in Ethiopia Africa. The name Awash comes from the river that is located in the eastern part of Ethiopia, and it means “washed by waves” ( the approximate size of the park is 887 square kilometers. This park has a river where is the second longest river in the country, and next to it there is a waterfall. In the northern part of this park there are a lot of palms and plants which is its vegetation. This is a popular park because of its wild animals, like lions, leopards. They also have about 453 kinds of birds, and their natural attractions. Some of these are called “The Hot Springs”, where people usually go for enjoyment and relaxation. “The Awash River”, where you can find many types of aquatic birds like ducks, geese, gulls. Finally it is recommended by The Awash Park to go with a vehicle if you decide to visit the “Hot Springs” after heavy rains.

  7. Andralee Davidson

    Dollywood Theme Park

    Dollywood theme park is located in Pigeon Forge, TN. This park was named after Country Western Singer Dolly Parton. This park is known for its southern hospitality, its cool water park, southern cuisine, thrill rides, and beautiful resort. Families can also enjoy musical concerts performed in the park, and shop at the numerous boutiques, stores, and outlets, within the heart of the Smokey Mountains. This park is rated F for fun.

  8. Lucie Kohoutkova

    Kensington Gardens

    The lovely Kensington Gardens which border with the Hyde Park well deserves a spot in any trip
    itinerary to London. Like the Hyde Park, the Kensington Gardens was also a royal garden and
    was later opened for the public. The Garden is somewhat more quiet than Hyde Park and less
    crowded. Kensington Gardens is very popular for walking and jogging. Early morning you’ll
    encounter plenty of people walking their dog. This piece of greenery is a perfect location for a
    stroll or picnic under the shades of the lovely trees. The gardens of the Kensington Palace cover
    around 111 hectares or 275 acres. Its main attraction is the Kensington Palace, the former home
    of Princess Diana and the birthplace of Queen Victoria. Other popular places to visit are Royal
    Albert Hall, one of the UK’s most treasured and distinctive buildings, and the beautiful Italian
    Gardens. There are also several playgrounds in Kensington Gardens, the latest of which is the
    Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, which is themed around Peter Pan. The Royal
    Parks and Royal Parks Foundations have partnered with Sing London to magically bring to life
    the 100-year-old Peter Pan statue. Originally commissioned and paid for by the book’s author JM
    Barrie, passers-by can now swipe their smartphones on a nearby tag and get a personal ‘call back’
    from Peter. Apart from being a film favorite location, Kensington Gardens is a nature lover’s
    perfect park. You will find swans swimming in the lakes and the beautiful Italian fountain garden
    in the midst of the garden.

  9. N.Ivanov

    Ivvavik National Park
    It is located in Yukon, Canada.
    The area of the park is 10,168 km^2.
    The park is protecting the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd. Therefore, it is allowing only a minimal number of people to visit per year. In the parks there are also wolves and bears who co-habit the area.

  10. Carl Harrison

    Name Carl Harrison
    Professor Duchamp
    HMGT 4988
    February 12, 2015

    The park that begins with my surname of H, is Harrison Park
    Harrison Park, founded in 1912, is located at 1824 S. Wood St. Chicago, Illinois, in the Lower West Side community of the Pilsen Area; This Park was named in honors one of Chicago’s most popular mayors, Carter H. Harrison, Sr. (1825-1893). Harrison who is a native Kentuckian who settled near Union Park; he served as mayor for five terms between 1879 and 1893. However, he was then assassinated by someone, who wanted to replace him on October 28, 1893. Ironically, this day had been designated Mayor’s Day in Harrison’s honor because it marked the closing of the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago’s first world’s fair. There is a monument to Harrison in Union Park.
    Case in point, Harrison Park has totals of 17.39 acres of land; indeed, this park has amenities such as, a field house with a gymnastics center, indoor swimming pool, computer lab, reception rotunda featuring a bust of Emilo Zapata, meeting rooms and gymnasium. In fact, adjacent to the National Museum for Mexican Art, outside, the park offers, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, athletic fields for football or soccer, a playground and community garden.
    As might be expected, Harrison Park do offered after school programs throughout the school year; as well as, in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, which include therapeutic recreation camps for children and adults. In addition to programs, Harrison Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park, and holiday special events.

  11. Melvin Rosario

    Melvin Rosario
    New York City College of Technology
    Parks & Recreation

    Homework #2

    The park that I found is called Ras Mohamed Nation Park. It’s located in Egypt. This park is very unique because it has many features like snorkeling, boating, and you will have a very nice view of the coral reef. The park is a tourist site and base on my research I heard a lot of positive review from the people that actually been. Ras Mohamed National is very peaceful, quiet and it provide an excellent experience.

    Name: Ras Mohamed National Park
    Location: Sharm-el-Sheik in Egypt
    Approximate sizes-480 km
    Features- Boating, Snorkeling, Site seeing
    Establish: 1983

  12. Anzhelika

    1. Name: Monsanto Forest Park
    2. Location: Lisbon, Portugal
    3. Approximate size: More than 2,400 acres
    4. Features:
    – Many people come for the skyline views
    – Playground for nature lovers
    – Diverse range of plant and wild life
    – Has hiking trails

    – Anzhelika M.


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