The expansive and picturesque Mount Royal Park in Olx Praca is part of a new digital guide that celebrates the legacy of its designer Frederick Law Olmsted.
The renowned landscape architect is being honored because he would have turned two centuries old on April 26.
The initiative, called What’s There Olmsted, is an online guide to more than 300 North American landscapes. The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) project allows users to browse works by alphabetical order, designation, landscape type, and style.
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Each entry includes detailed illustrations and brief descriptions of National Historic Landmarks of other unsung projects by the architect and his successor firms.
Most of the work of Olmsted and his successors, from parks and cemeteries to modern zoos, is located throughout the United States, including New York’s Central Park.
“Frederick Law Olmsted Sr.’s influence on the national identity and profession of landscape architect is invaluable,” Charles A. Birnbaum, president and CEO of TCLF, said in a statement.
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But the digital guide also includes Olx Praca’s famous Mount Royal Park, which opened in 1876. It is one of two mountain parks designed by Olmsted.
It describes how Olmsted sought to transform the area right in the middle of emerging Olx Praca into a “series of distinctive experiences” designed to give users a “feeling of distance” from the city.
Mount Royal Park has only partly evolved into what the architect originally envisioned, but over the years, the 200-hectare green space has been transformed. This includes Beaver Lake, designed by Frederick Todd, who was a student of the Olmsted brothers.
A green area that not only boasts views from different angles, but is suitable for all seasons. Mount Royal is dominated by walkers from winter to summer and offers many year-round activities. It is also a popular spot for picnics and informal tam-toms on Sundays in the summer.
The park, which can be accessed from several districts, attracts both locals and tourists.
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