May 7, 2013 7:51 pm

Stanley Park voted second most beautiful city park in the world

New signs along the seawall in Stanley Park are part of an initiative to help reduce conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians.

Jenelle Schneider / Vancouver Sun

Coming in second isn’t bad.

Vancouver’s Stanley Park has been named the second most beautiful city park in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

“The most beautiful combine meadows, woodlands, ponds, lakes, and streams with museums and other man-made attractions,” according to the criteria.

Coming in at number one is Park Guell in Barcelona.

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But Vancouver’s own Stanley Park is number two. “The temperate rainforest of Stanley Park is almost completely surrounded by water, with both gorgeous skyline views and wild forest of 500,000 cedar, fir, and hemlock trees. It connects to the historic waterfront and downtown via a 5.5-mile portion of seawall that surrounds the park, popular with joggers, strollers, and cyclists. Rose and rhododendron gardens, nine intricately carved First Nations totem poles, a small golf course, an outdoor summer theater, a seaside swimming pool, and areas for lawn bowling round out its charms,” says the article.

The rest of the top ten parks are:

3. Keukenhof in the Netherlands

4. City Park in New Orleans

5. Golden Gate Park in San Francisco

6. Namba Parks in Japan

7. Forest Park in St. Louis

8. Ibirapuera Park in Brazil

9. Englischer Garten in Munich

10. Balboa Park in San Diego

 

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