Sunday, June 13, 2010

Our Own Stonehenge

A few weeks ago on the news our local station covered a story about a place in history that many don't know about. It used to be a beautiful 18 acre park designed by the famous Olmstead Brothers after the turn of the century. It included a wading pool, picnic area, playgrounds and gardens. The prominent features were a covered walkway with pergolas at each end.

But unfortunately it wasn't kept up and went by the wayside in the 1920's. The park was bought by the State in the 60's and they put the freeway right through it.

My husband, daughter and I found this hidden treasure yesterday. To see what's left of the rock pillars that are still standing after more than 100 years was quite amazing.

"How many ancestors of mine walked this same path?" I wondered. We spent around an hour walking the trails, up and down the rock stairs and taking lots of pictures. Our dog was bored, wondering why we weren't just walking.

About four years ago the State gave the property back to the city and there has been renewed interest to save the area. What's cool is that the city still has the original plans to the park.

I hope someday the restoration of this area takes place and that I will be able to see it. There is just too much history here to let it continue to fade away.