“Stories of place become ways to discuss land resource management, indigenous land rights, climate, disproportionate public health impacts on the poor, and countless other other issues becoming part of our national and international civic dialogues” (Lambert, 2013).
My classmates and I have been split off into teams where we have been tasked to create a collaborative digital story. I suggested a topic that allowed us to get out of the house and enjoy a bit of nature because my daughter loves going to the park and going on nature walks. My team mate, Aurora, suggested creating a video about the importance of visiting local landmarks, with each of us providing footage of a local landmark and the history behind it. I thought his was a great idea because my sister and I had just taken our children to Saratoga Spa State Park for the first time and we had such a wonderful time.
I grew up in Queens, New York and outside of going to the city (Times Square), I hadn’t been to many landmarks. Upon visiting Saratoga Spa State Park, I learned about the amenities and the wide variety of activities that are available for everyone to enjoy. One visit alone was enough for me to begin planning the next visit, in which my family and I intend to spend the entire day! There are so many different activities ranging from recreational to educational. This is why is another reason why I thought my team mate had a great suggestion.
Saratoga Spa State Park is know for its beautiful architecture and for its diverse cultural, aesthetic, and recreational resources (“Saratoga Spa State,” n.d.). This aesthetic landmark houses The Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Spa Little Theater, The National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Automobile Museum, The Gideon Putnam Resort and Roosevelt Baths and Spa as well as recreational activities. Upon visiting the website, I also learned about their camping sites, which is also a plus because my daughter has been asking to go camping. Saratoga Spa State Park is a beautiful place and if you have never visited, My suggestion is that you put that on your list of things to do! The park also received some recent updates totaling $839,000, which include a new picnic shelter, a comfort station near Peerless Pool and a one-mile bike and pedestrian trail within the park along Route 9/South Broadway (Kraebel, 2014).
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