Best Park


  • Photo by Bob Doran
  • Redwood Park

 About five seconds after the first European ooo’ed and awww’ed at the first redwood, the next European just sawed.

 A few generations of that, and parks seemed like a pretty good idea for keeping some redwoods standing.

 Those parks, though, have a certain similarity of name. A very big tree with reddish bark recurs. And recurs.

 There’s Redwood National Park, a coastal beauty established in 1968. There are three nearby state parks with various redwoody names, all now jointly managed by the feds and the state. And there’s a Redwood Park in Arcata.

 So we can report, in a hanging-chad sort of way, that a park with redwoods in its name is Humboldt’s favorite.

 From there, we suggest you simply try them all.

 Best offbase answer: “Arcata Baseball field -- Crabs!”

 Most reversible sentiment: “I feel sad I don’t know park names.”

 Most defiant: “McKay Tract. That’s right. TRY AND STOP ME.”

 -- Carrie Peyton Dahlberg

The Breakdown: Redwood Park 21.0%, Sequoia Park 17.6%, Patrick’s Point State Park 7.0%, Arcata Community Forest 4.5%, Prairie Creek 3.8%, Voter Turnout: 14th.

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