The following are examples of the mathematical questions and contemplations that can be posed about sitings in parks, revealing creativity and imagination at the intersection of math and park design and use.

Math Trail Examples in Parks

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Soldiers and Sailors Monument

What is the ratio of white to brown tiles on the platform around the monument?

Climb the stairs and record the height and depth of each step. Calculate the slope of the stairway.

Determine how much taller is the base of the monument than the plaza below.

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Carousel

Identify 2 different methodologies for calculating the number of horses in the carousel. Which method is more efficient?

At $3 per person, 4 minutes per ride, 8 operating hours per day and 7 day weeks, calculate total weekly ticket sales at 100%, 50% and 25% capacity. What sales level is most reasonable? 

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NYC Central Park

Assuming $1 profit per hotdog and soda sale, how many people would a vendor need to serve to earn the U.S. median income of $59,000?

Given a workweek of 6 days per week, 10 hours per day, is this a reasonable amount of customers?