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Franklin Park, Boston

Named for Boston-born patriot Benjamin Franklin, Franklin Park is the largest and last component of the Emerald Necklace created by Frederick Law Olmsted in the 19th century.
The park is a famed cross country course, hosting a number of high school and collegiate meets throughout the year. Franklin Park is home to the Massachusetts All-States Meet as well as the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship every other year (alternating with Van Courtlandt Park in New York City). The park includes courses for 3000 meters, 5000 meters, 6000 meters, 8000 meters and 10000 meters. Franklin Park also won the honor of hosting the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 1992, as a special 12.5 kilometer course was used for competition. Each course includes variants of 3 major loops, the stadium loop, the Bear Cage hill loop, and the wilderness loop. The stadium loop simply goes around the back of White Stadium, while the Bear Cage loop climbs the fairly significant Bear Cage Hill. The wilderness loop crosses into the wooded area of the park and follows a twisting path through the trees. There are many concerns regarding continued use of the park as a racing facility, including erosion and disturbances of residents who wish to use the park for walks or peaceful bike rides. As races are hosted almost every Saturday (and a good number of Sundays) this issue will continue to be controversial.

Directions: 

Take Storrow Drive westbound toward Kenmore Sq.
Exit left to route 1S and Fenway.
Bear right at lights to pick up Boylston Street.
Bear left at lights to pick up Brookline Avenue near old Sears building.
Turn left at lights onto Riverway.
Continue onto Jamaicaway and then Arborway, following signs at rotary to Franklin Park Zoo and Route 203.

Map of Boston with Franklin Park
Map of Franklin Park