This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This interesting document shows how much can be done by system. All the parks of the city are under one commission, and one engineer. Mr. Fauls, at a salary of $2,000 a year, superintends them all. The total cost of all these parks for the year was but $286,000. The cost of the great Druid Hill park was about $106,000. The number of visitors was 913,000. Thus we see that this beautiful park cost ten cents per head to each visitor, and we venture to say that there is no visitor who would have thought double that sum too great for the pleasure the trip afforded him. As much of the expense is for construction, which will stop some day, and nothing but maintenance remain, while the number of visitors will annually increase, we can understand why public parks are so popular. They are the cheapest of all public gratifications.