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Best Public Park

1st Place: Phoenix Park
2nd Place: Irvine Park
3rd Place: Carson Park

No doubt about it: We Chippewa Vallians love us some Phoenix Park. In fact, the downtown, point-of-the-confluence gem has taken the top spot in this category each of the past six years. Considering the Phark’s perennial-victor status, the real competition here is for second place, and for the past six years Carson Park and Irvine Park have see-sawed back and forth. (Yes, that was a playground pun.) This year, in a battle of legendary lumber barons (or at least big parks named after legendary lumber barons), Irvine Park wrestled the silver medal back from Carson Park. Next year’s two-three finish is anybody’s guess, but the smart money says the Phoenix will rise from the ashes once again. –Tom Giffey

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