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Boston Common is the oldest urban park in the country. As with many things in the city, the park has a very rich history: It was used as a camp by the British before the Revolutionary War and Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope John Pail II gave speeches there. The 50-acre park is a favorite for runners (this is the gear you need this spring), ice-skaters and protesters. The park is the best-known attraction in the Emerald Necklace, 1,100-acres of linked parkways and waterways.