Fairmount Park
Riverside, CA





A favorite picnic spot since the founding of Riverside, Fairmount Park was dedicated in 1898 and has grown to many times its original 35 acres. In 1911, the Olmsted Brothers of Brookline, Mass. planned the park as an open space landscape design. This open space philosophy remains a commitment in today's urban environment."

— Riverside Cultural Heritage Landmark Number 69 Marker


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Fairmount Park is one of the treasures of Riverside.
It is a wildlife habitat, and also provides boating and fishing in the two lakes, Lake Evans and Lake Fairmount.

The Olmsted brothers mentioned above were sons of Frederick Law Olmsted, American landscape architect, who designed parks in New York.


The name "Fairmount Park" was suggested by John G. North, referring to Phildelphia's Fairmount Park, hailed in the 1890s as the greatest City Park in the world. (from "Fairmount Park, Riverside's Treasure" by Pat Stewart)


Below: Lake Fairmount


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Historic Boat House

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The two lakes are separated by a spillway
which drops into Lake Fairmount.


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Lake Evans

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The large trees around the park are
the California Fan Palm, Washingtonia californica,

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and Montezuma Cypress, Taxodium mucronatum


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Wildflowers in Fairmount Park


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Wildlife in Fairmount Park


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Fall in Fairmount Park


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Winter in Fairmount Park


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Fairmount Park from above Banks Road



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