At 350 acres, Delaware Park was the largest of the three original parks and was a landscape that Olmsted and Vaux called a “country park”. The park was a setting for passive recreation in surroundings that evoked an ideal rural world. A rolling meadow dotted with trees and surrounded by woods formed the eastern portion. “There is no more beautiful picture than that of a beautiful meadow, over which level-armed sheltering trees cast broad shadows,” thought Olmsted. Visitors would find refreshment in simply contemplating its broad expanse of green space, strolling its rolling surface, or spreading a blanket on the ground to enjoy a picnic. Walking paths, a carriage drive, and bridle paths offered other possibilities to commune with nature. West of Delaware Avenue, Olmsted and Vaux created a picturesque lake for boating in summer and skating in winter by damning Scajaquada Creek that flowed through the site.
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