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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer2U View Post
    I guess you ignored my previous post @steveO. I took a picture of a bike path in a greenway that has a public right of way to the Custis and W&OD trail, that happened to have said sign on it. I’m familiar enough with Arlington County to know that the parcel I photographed is covered my the master plan and legally required to grant public access as a connector trail. So I was documenting a particular parcel giving public access that leads to a Park, which is relevant to this PP. It is not just a random sign anyway that has the name “park” in it.

    Your picture is not the sign that I documented, nor does it have a bike path that leads to a Park. My pic does.
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    The park must be referred to as a "park" and must have a sign designating it as a park.
    Your sign is not a sign designating the park, it is designating the neighborhood, which happens to have the word "Park" in its name. True it is not a "random" sign (what sign is?), but it was not placed there to designate the park. The reason I posted the other sign is to show that your sign is not a "park" sign. The other sign also happens to be along another trail that is set aside for public use, just like yours. Are both of those different park-like places called "Highland Park - Overlee Knolls?" No. That's the name of the neighborhood.

    Here's a similar example elsewhere in Arlington, in the Lyon Park neighborhood.
    Here's a neighborhood sign, designating the neighborhood. There are several of these around the perimeter, which may or may not happen to be placed in public spaces.
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    Your sign is an example of the first type. That it coincidentally happens to be in a park-like setting, does not transform it into a park sign. It's a neighborhood sign. You took a picture of your bike with a neighborhood sign, not a park sign. Doesn't count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    The rules say this:


    Your sign is not a sign designating the park, it is designating the neighborhood, which happens to have the word "Park" in its name. True it is not a "random" sign (what sign is?), but it was not placed there to designate the park. The reason I posted the other sign is to show that your sign is not a "park" sign. The other sign also happens to be along another trail that is set aside for public use, just like yours. Are both of those different park-like places called "Highland Park - Overlee Knolls?" No. That's the name of the neighborhood.

    Here's a similar example elsewhere in Arlington, in the Lyon Park neighborhood.
    Here's a neighborhood sign, designating the neighborhood. There are several of these around the perimeter, which may or may not happen to be placed in public spaces.
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    Here's the sign that designates the Lyon Park park itself:
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    Your sign is an example of the first type. That it coincidentally happens to be in a park-like setting, does not transform it into a park sign. It's a neighborhood sign. You took a picture of your bike with a neighborhood sign, not a park sign. Doesn't count.
    Maybe you overlooked that I had retracted this particular park entry on Jan 17th (see my edited post above) after it was called out by the #FA2020ParkFinder sponsor? Not sure why you need to double down on that point
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    Your pic of a sign with a bike and a sidewalk is not a relevant example of what I posted: I posted a designated greenway by Arlington County with a public access bike path in a connecting to the Custis and W&OD trails (and parks). Your cited pic doesn’t depict either a public greenway or a bike path.


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    This is a subsection w/in Pine Springs Park which would be cool to revisit when the rhododendrons are in bloom




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    These are all from National Memorial Park, which has an ornamental garden subsection that is open to the public. There is also an adjacent, undeveloped, and large wooded track, designated on maps by Fairfax County as “Hollywood Park” but doesn’t have a sign anywhere (so I did not include it in my tally)



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    (Above) James Lee School Site Park seems to still being developed and Fairfax County has yet to erect a proper Park sign, so I parked my bike next to the playground sign



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    Pics from Howard E Herman Park...

    Falls Church City Council renamed what is commonly referred to as the Hamlet- Rees tract as the Howard E. Herman Stream Valley Park, in honor of retired 40-year employee Howard Herman


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    Casey and I tripped over these two parks after coffee and Pancakes...


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    Do I get bonus points for miles away from DC?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanA View Post
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    Do I get bonus points for miles away from DC?
    I like how you think! I had to google the park to see where it was located. Nice find!

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    Quote Originally Posted by camiller View Post
    Here are the rules (snipped for brevity):

    • You will only receive credit for one park for each Strava ride. If you go to multiple parks within a day, each park must be accounted for on separate Strava rides.

    I hope you can find a few new parks in your travels by bike. If there is something special that you would like to share about the park, especially the smaller, less known parks (has multiple walking trails, great picnic shelters, can rent boats) you can include it in the "description" section so the rest of us can learn more about the park and, perhaps, decide to make that park as destination.

    Have fun finding new parks for recreation and relaxation!!
    As a park lover, I love this game. I love it so much that I started gaming the system as well by splitting up all my rides between parks so that they're their own ride on Strava. It might kill my average mile per ride, but it'll up my park finder count!!!

    For clarification, do "Park and Ride"s count as parks? I mean, they're publicly run, they're infrastructure and they contribute to the environmental well-being by removing cars from the roads, right?!?

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