The Central Park of the North – (aka Saturday in the Park)

Thompson Park Vistas

Panorama from one of the gazebos at Thompson Park

Sound far fetched? There may be a little more truth to this than we know. The famous landscape architect who designed New York City’s Central Park also designed Watertown’s Thompson Park – a piece of trivia that was given to me on two different occasions in the last few days. Who knew? So last Saturday morning, I woke Scottie up at 5 so we could behold the wonders of Frederick Law Olmsted with our very own eyes. Scottie only agreed to get up if we could dedicate at least a small part of the morning to a round of golf, which was perfect considering there is a lovely 18 hole golf course right atop the hill. Unfortunately for Scottie, there was a tournament that day so he was turned away to play another day…and I skipped back to the car. With the golf plans on ice, I got to spend a little more time frolicking around and photographing the lovely scenery and seeing all the park has to offer. Thompson Park features beautiful views of Watertown, picnic areas, playgrounds, a public pool, golf course and zoo, and plenty of shady spots to lounge with a book. For more information and to see some really cool old photographs and post cards of the park visit: http://www.watertown-ny.gov/index.asp?NID=472

Early Morning Light on Dandelions

Early Morning Light on Dandelions

Sunrise Gazebo

Sunrise through a gazebo at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York

Sunrise Gazebo2

Early morning sun reflects off of a gazebo at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York

Glorious Vistas

Glorious Vistas!

Early Morning Dandelions

Early morning dandelions at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York

Picnic Area

Picnic Area

Sunrise Over Watertown, New York

Sunrise Over Watertown, New York

Retaining Wall

Retaining Wall

Watertown Golf

The golf course at Thompson Park

Sand Trap

Sand Trap

Fields Of Gold

Fields of golden wildflowers near Thompson Park

Fields Of Gold

Fields of golden wildflowers near Thompson Park

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