I have chosen to compare my spot in Burlington to one of the only green places in New York City, Prospect Park. It gets tons of human traffic and has a huge dog run- it’s considered the heart of Brooklyn. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. There are no straight paths, they all wind and are very characteristic of Olmsted’s other landscape designs. In comparison to Salmon Hole, there are a ton more invasive plant species. Among them are Japanese Pagodatree, English Elm, Sycamore Maples, and Norway maples. Unlike Salmon Hole, it does not have a river or flowing body of water, there are only man made ponds and lakes that are populated with invasive swans, ducks, and geese. There are many more shrubs and much more understory composed of sassafras and dogwood.
Both Prospect Park and Salmon Hole are surrounded by developed areas, so they do not have any kind of extensive wildlife. Prospect Park is home to squirrels, pigeons, raccoons, possums, and the occasional hawk. These two locations are used primarily for recreation. For Salmon Hole, fishing is the main activity that goes on while in Prospect Park there are bike and running paths, car passageways, and sports fields.