BEST PUBLIC PARK - 2004
Maybe Como Park isn't as vast as it appears. Perhaps the park's topography--its myriad rolling hills and winding drives--make it seem grander than it is. Certainly, density accounts for some of its splendor. After all, no other green space in the metro offers Como's variety: a zoo, an amusement park, a world-class conservatory, a lake with paddleboat rentals, and a restored 19th-century carousel, not to mention some of the sexiest picnic spots this side of San Juan Capistrano and the usual complement of trees and whatnot. Plus, the café at Como Lakeside Pavilion, a lovely entity in its own right, sells wine. Yes, wine. Take that, Minneapolis!