Newswise — CHICAGO – The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) – the specialists in saving teeth -- announced it would like you to go vote … for your favorite of four urban landmarks, that is: Boston’s Charles River Esplanade, the Chicago River, San Antonio’s Phil Hardberger Park and Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park.
One might wonder why a dental specialty association is hosting a contest involving natural landmarks.
“Endodontists understand what’s worth saving,” said AAE President Dr. Patrick E. Taylor. “Just like endodontists are an ally to natural teeth, the AAE wants to be an ally to natural landmarks that are worth saving.”
Below is more information about our four beautiful locations that are truly meaningful to their local citizens and visitors. Read more about each, and visit aae.org/landmarks for the one you most believe is worth saving.
Located in Boston, MA, the Charles River Esplanade is a 3.2-mile long, 64-acre linear state park along the banks of the Charles River, spanning from the Museum of Science to the Boston University Bridge.
The park has a rich 150-year history, leading back to famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead. In addition to providing a beautiful natural landscape of 1,700 trees and 14 ornamental gardens, the Esplanade is home to the majestic Hatch Memorial Shell, various historical monuments, and over five miles of pathways for walking, running, or biking.
The Chicago River has been a magnet for people for hundreds of years.
Though it has been abused at times, today the Chicago River is back. Water quality has improved, some 70 types of fish and countless species of birds and mammals call it home, people joyfully paddle on it, and it is a key symbol of a vibrant American city on the move. From its headwaters in suburban Waukegan to its southernmost point in Lockport, the Chicago River system is healthy and robust.
Phil Hardberger Park is the best place in San Antonio to see and feel the wild.
With 330 acres, this former dairy farm -- including the 19th-century Voelcker homestead -- is one of the few remaining undeveloped parcels in San Antonio, an oasis surrounded by subdivisions, freeways and shopping centers. It is a stunning landscape with some of its trees having stood here long before the Battle of the Alamo.
Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park is an 1,800-acre urban oasis of dramatic scenery, dense forests, rugged trails and free-flowing streams.
Over 50 miles of wooded biking, hiking and equestrian trails wind through a deep gorge surrounding Wissahickon Creek, attracting over a million visits each year. The region’s rich history is represented in the park’s many iconic landmarks, from the Valley Green Inn, a more than 160-year-old historic restaurant in the heart of the park, to the Red Covered Bridge, Philadelphia’s only remaining covered bridge.
Voting is open until April 24, 2019, and the natural landmark with the most votes will receive $20,000 towards its preservation fund and $30,000 in free endodontic services in the city in which it is located.
“Like our nation’s beautiful 2,596 historic landmarks, our 32 natural teeth are Worth Saving and deserve specialty care,” Dr. Taylor concluded. “We encourage you to vote – and encourage family and friends to do the same today!”
About the American Association of Endodontists The American Association of Endodontists, headquartered in Chicago, represents more than 8,000 members worldwide. Endodontics is one of nine dental specialties formally recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAE, founded in 1943, is dedicated to excellence in the art and science of endodontics and to the highest standard of patient care. The Association inspires its members to pursue professional advancement and personal fulfillment through education, research, advocacy, leadership, communication and service. For more information about the AAE, visit the Association’s website at aae.org.