Best Park - 2011
Located in the heart of Anaheim, Pearson Park is well-known to generations of Anaheimers, who take all of its treasures for granted. But if you haven't been, you're missing out on one of the more charming expanses of open space in the county, one that even drew in Huell Howser a couple of years ago. Whether it's tennis courts, old-school baseball diamonds, a garden featuring hundreds of cacti, a WPA-era statue of Madame Helena Modjeska, the historic amphitheater (hosting concert series again after decades of disuse) and ponds, Pearson Park is a great place to relax, play, grill carne asada, or just take peaceful strolls. And given it's just down the street from the police station, there's never any worry of bad guys messing up your evening. Imagine that—a stroll in the park in Anaheim that doesn't involve Disneyland!