Zilker Park second in polls for best city park in US

2/10/13 Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman;The Great Lawn of Zilker Park is a haven for Austinites as several groups play mini-soccer, a smaller version of the bigger game played with small nets. The entrance to the park is free on weekends until March 8, when the city implements a $3.00 parking fee per car. (feature only)
The Great Lawn at Zilker Park is a haven for Austinites. Photo by Ralph Barrera/ American-Statesman


Quick, vote for Zilker Park.

USA Today and 10Best are picking the best city parks in the United States, and as of this morning, Zilker Park was second in the polls.

The newspaper and the website, which offers travel and lifestyle advice, enlisted four park and planning experts to help them pick a field of finalists for the honor. They started with nearly 60 possibilities, but narrowed the field to 20. Readers can vote for their favorite once each day until polls close at noon March 28.

To cast a ballot, go here.

The winner doesn’t get anything, other than a nod as the best city park in the country.

On Monday, Zilker Park topped the list, followed by Forest Park in St. Louis and Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. This morning, Zilker Park and Forest Park swapped positions.

That still puts us ahead of iconic parks such as Central Park in New York City, Grant Park in Chicago and Boston Common & Public Garden in Boston.

To vote, go here.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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