What does ''formal" mean in "formal park" phrase? Here is an excerpt:

Now to the Bicentennial Park itself. It has two areas, a nature reserve and a formal park with man-made features and gardens.

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It talks about two distinct areas. One which is natural and the other that is manmade i.e. developed according to the plan.

OALD has this definition.

formal - (of a garden, room or building) arranged in a regular manner, according to a clear, exact plan


Formal park is similar in meaning to formal garden, which suggests an elaborate, precise, and carefully designed layout.

A Google Images search for "garden" and "formal garden" should give you an idea.

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