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Shutdown over, park service to lead free tour Sunday at Arnold Arboretum

Posted by Brock Parker  October 17, 2013 11:19 AM

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Back in business after the government shutdown, the National Park Service will lead a walking tour of Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum Sunday.

The tour will be lead a National Park Service ranger from the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline and will explore the design of the Arboretum, which was done by Olmsted and the Arboretum’s founding director, Charles Sprague Sargent.

The two-hour tour will meet in front of the Hunnewell Visitor Center inside the Arboretum’s main gate off of Route 203/The Arborway at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.

The Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline reopened today after the government shutdown that had closed national parks since the beginning of October came to an end. The John F. Kennedy National Historic Site in Brookline also reopened Thursday, said Mark Swartz, a park ranger for the Olmsted historic site.

Sunday the free walk, called “Nature by Design” will be held rain or shine and is open to the public. The participants will observe various trees that are representative of urban parks and various national parks and gain some insights into how Olmsted, his sons and their landscape architecture firm shaped our country’s landscape, according to the park service.

Olmsted was the landscape architect that designed Central Park in New York City and the Emerald Necklace parks in Boston and Brookline.

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