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How much do you love your park?

What's so special about your favorite park? Could it be that perfect picnic spot? The winding trails? Those beautiful vistas? 

We want to know! With Valentine's Day approaching, write a short love letter to a park that's won your heart—whether it's a neighborhood playground or a wilderness escape.

The letter with the most votes will win a Trust for Public Land backpack filled with goodies, including a water bottle and hat for your next outdoor adventure. 

Enter to win by submitting your love letter here. Or browse other sweet notes from fellow nature-lovers in The Trust for Public Land's Facebook community.


Eric Burr
Arrowleaf Conservation Trust at Early Winters, in the Methow Valley of Washington State, is my favorite park. It forms the perfect scenic complement for adjacent North Cascades National Park and the Wilderness Areas of Okanogan National Forest. Its cross-country ski, hiking, and biking trails, in fact are so spectacular that they help prevent overcrowding in these adjacent wildlife reserves. TPL saved Arrowleaf from over development; thank you !
The Trust for P...
Thanks for sharing Eric! We love that park too. If you'd like to enter to win some fun stuff for your next adventure, please submit your entry to our "Love Letters to Parks" contest page on Facebook at:
Susanne McKee
Secret Woods Nature Center - I lived across the street and watch your creation and transformation into the perfect hideaway. Part of your charm is that you have natural walking trails & elevated boardwalks and indoor educational displays allowing me to get close up and personal allowing me to learn about your natural beauty. I enjoyed taking my daughter to visit you as a child, watching her “trying” to be quiet so she wouldn’t scare away raccoons and, at the same time, laughing at the antics of the squirrels. She did not quite understand that spiders & bees are some of your children and had the right to be there too. Thank goodness they behaved themselves. Your butterfly garden has been a good friend providing solace during difficult times and peaceful contemplation when I needed to work out difficult decisions. When I visit your outlook on the New River, I am reminded that you have your own problems & issues, trying to survive in the middle of a busy city. Thanks for always being there for me.
LM Carter
I love and enjoy the exhilarating and invigorating community comradery, spirit and support, demonstrated and exhibited by everyone entering Weequahic Park. It is an authentic, pure, unadulturated model/best practice for all individuals and community interaction which once existed throughout the City of Newark and other urban areas throughout this country -- before the delivery and introduction of herion, crack cocaine and guns in to these communites -- for each and everyone of us living and/or working in the City of Newark to engage in for the betterment of the City of Newark its' citizens,residents, etc.
Roger Lentz
Chimmney Rock Park in the mountains of NC close to Asheville.It is a fantastic hike to the summit and you can see forever!!(almost)A great place to take the family and have a picnic or just the special someone in your life for a day you will always remember.
Aida Frey
I love you, Mt. Rushmore. Thank you for teaching me about how they built you! I really enjoyed meeting a baby white mountain goat and the mom. I loved your trees and all the people we meet over there. I also love breathing your fresh air. I can't wait to see you again!

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