Completed in 1896, the 693-acre Keney Park is one of the largest municipal open spaces in New England. The pastoral park was designed as a series of typical regional landscapes, including meadows and forests, made to appear completely natural. To create the bucolic setting, more than a half million yards of earth were moved, and a million trees and shrubs were planted. Ornamental plantings and manicured lawns were purposely excluded, and the use of native plantings encouraged the presence of native fauna. A meandering carriage drive more than eight miles in length links the different spaces.