Summer is here, and as Mungo Jerry’s song goes ♪ In the summertime when the weather’s high, you can stretch right up and touch the sky ♪ we are totally ready to be outside enjoying the weather. Did you know that many parks in the world have all kinds of activities for children and grown-ups during the sunny season? We found out many!
Richmond Park is the largest of London’s eight Royal Parks and it has a lot of history to it, despite changing little over the centuries. The park was also named a National Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation – the last one was given because of Richmond’s Isabella Plantation and its herds of Red and Fallow deer.
Include in your plans to spend a whole day inside the park: there are many facilities, both free and paid, that visitors can use. For snacks, there’s Roehampton Café; for English refreshments, Pembroke Lodge – which was home to a Prime Minister and is one of London’s finest wedding venues – is the place and it also gives anyone visiting a great view of the park. For the kids, there are two different playgrounds inside the park.
During summer, there are some special activities – paid and free – for anybody who’s visiting Richmond Park and is interested: on July 12th there’s a Summer Evening Walk and on July 19th there’s a course on Butterflies in Richmond Park.
In New York, there’s the High Line: a park that was built in a historic rail line elevated above the streets of west Manhattan. The Friends of the High Line, a group of community residents that fought for the preservation and transformation when people threatened to demolish the rail line, operate it and make sure that maintenance, programming for the park, funds raise and everything regarding the park is done.
Made out of three sections, the High Line is completely different from all parks in New York. It is 30 feet above the ground and it goes from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street, the latest being part of the third section, which is still unfinished.
And besides being The Park In The Sky, the High Line also has many different events every month:
Every Tuesday there are free walking tours all day and Stargazing at night
Every Wednesday of July and August are for children to explore the wilderness
Every Thursday there’s Lawn Time for Little Ones, with storytelling, sing-along and bubbles
And on July 10th there’s a Nature Walk on the High Line, where a gardener will give you an insider’s look on the park’s flora.
It’s not just tulips that beautify Amsterdam, the city also has many parks, one of them being Vondelpark. The park was commissioned by a group of Amsterdam citizens and it was to be designed like the English parks of London. Landscape architect Jan David Zocher was the one chosen for the creation and using techniques he’d learned in Paris, he created the illusion of a natural area where before there was nothing.
The park is open for visitation and is always full of people; in 2009, 433 people got together for the biggest picnic in the world recognized by The Guinness Book of Records. If it’s art you’re looking for, the park has three gigantic sculptures: a monument for the Dutch poet Vondel (which inspired the name of the park), an abstract ‘Fish’ made of concrete by Pablo Picasso and a statue of bronze called ‘Mama Baranka’ done by Nelson Carillho.
During summer, there are music and dance performances in the open-air theatre and the bandstand. Every Friday, there’s the Fridaynightskate – a meeting for skaters big or small to have a great time in the park. Take your time to visit it!