Assignment 4: The cognitive landscape of a state park
Secondary Sources - Babcock State Park
Source One: http://www.wvparks.com
This website seems to imply that state parks and other like facilities are viewed as places that attract tourism using areas of scenic beauty and/or historical significance along with a large focus on recreation and activities once you are there. The site had an extensive list of activities that one could participate in ranging from golf & horseback riding to special activities just for kids. From this I conclude that people view state parks as a place they can go for fun.
Source Two: The healing power of parks. Mary K. Foster
National Parks, Nov-Dec 2001 pg 8
This article was written after the events of September 11 and it discusses one significance of parks that I personally had never considered. Not only are parks a place of solitude to escape the fast pace of life, but they are symbols of strength- if these forests and mountains can make it so long through so many changes then so can we as people. The parks serve as proof that human nature is not only to destroy things, but better yet to preserve them over time.
Source Three: America's super state parks.
Better Homes and Gardens, April 1980 v58 pg157
This article was written as sort of a tribute to the beauty of all of the United States state parks. It focused on the idea that our state parks are there to be observed and enjoyed for their natural beauty. It emphasized the importance that state parks play offering a retreat from the "concrete jungles" that surround many of us. Instead the parks offer people a natural serene environment where they can lose their worries and indulge in true rest and relaxation. [continues]
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