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Green Space

Six urban oases you can walk to

Click on the slide show above for a virtual tour of the parks near BU.


At an urban university like BU, the urge to exchange concrete for a patch of grass or a piece of shade sometimes becomes irresistible. Fortunately, the area is home to a number of leafy havens within an easy walk of Commonwealth Avenue, from ‘beaches’ along the river to unexpected neighborhood parks and even a nearby pond. If you want to read in the grass, take a contemplative stroll, try to catch a glimpse of a blue heron or a turtle, or just sprawl out and soak up the sun away from the city’s busy traffic, you don’t have far to go.

This story originally appeared on BU Today on August 22, 2006.