The Park area is one of the largest "Back-Lot" park sets left today. No other studio has anything comparable to it in Hollywood. Another original to the Ranch and still in tact, this park can be seen in almost any Columbia Production filmed on the Ranch.
The Park was also used in several other shows filmed on the Ranch in the early eighties. Some of them include 'Code Red', 'Mr. Merlin', 'Scarecrow & Mrs. King' and 'V' the original series.

Its large scale, pool, fountain and lushes covered trees and shrubs, has always made for a perfect shooting location for outdoor scenes. Flanked on one end by well kept suburban homes, and opposite by Boston Rowhomes, it makes the perfect location for a group of 'Friends' to clown around by a fountain or to have that mid American century feel in "Pleasantville".

As of 1998 a new permanent structure was added to the Park. The Alan house, built for "Small Soldiers" and named after the lead character Alan Abernathy. It was altered for the 2007 production of "Pushing Daisies" and recently seen in the movie "Project X". In December of 2012 it was also widely used for Television commercials seen during the Holiday season.
The Park took on the look of a futuristic doomed world a year earlier, in the film "Omega Man", in 1971.
Heavily used during the mid sixties in many television shows, this park has a fountain, many trees, a large open area and a swimming pool . The latter was added in 1948 to add a flair of swankiness that was popular at the time and give the Studio another good set location.
In the late 1930's and early 1940's the "Three Stooges" used the park and surrounding area in many of their shorts. There was even a gas station located in the park, between the fountain and where the pool would be later, for one of their many crazy episodes.
Originally the park was slightly larger and covered the current area of the Skeffington house (known to "Bewitched" fans as Shelia's House). The movie "The Wild One" shows a bit of what it looked like in 1953 and also shows that it had many huge pine trees that were native to the lot. Between 1953 and 1958, the park was scaled down and slightly reshaped to its current layout which can be seen in "The Last Hurrah" from 1958 with Spencer Tracy
A great view of the East entrance of the Park from a scene of the whacky comedy 'Bikini Beach' from 1964. You can see the edge of the pool on the upper left.
The main entrance of the Park, at the corner of Park Blvd (Boston Street) and Gray Square as seen in the movie "The Happiest Millionaire" from 1967. This entrance is also very visible in the movie "1776" from 1972
During the filming of the movie "1776" in 1972, the Park was transformed to represent a French Colonial garden in Philidelphia, Pensilvania. Many extra shrubs, bushes and trees were added to hide or add features of the Park.
In 1981 the Park was transformed in to an Army Base Camp for Private Benjamin, the television series.
Below the Park as it currently looks. Gone are the gravel walks to the fountain and the fences. The original East entrance has been cut back slightly to accomodate the straightened road to line up with what used to be New York Street.
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