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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Burroughs Creek Park and Brook Creek Park

Drumming...
Running...
This is the only picture we took at this park. Long story, I won't bore you with it. But here they are, hating the sign picture. Again. I do have to say that while the sign pictures CLEARLY don't go well (and appear to be getting worse), the parks always make my girls very happy. Which makes me very happy.


COMMUNITY PARKS
Broken Arrow ParkBurcham Park
Centennial ParkClinton Lake Park
Holcom Park"Dad" Perry Park
Prairie ParkRiverfront Park
South ParkBuford M. Watson, Jr. Park
 
NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS
Chief Jim McSwain ParkBrook Creek Park
Burroughs Creek Trail & Linear ParkClinton Lake Leased Area
Chaparral ParkClinton Park
Constant ParkDeerfield Park
DeVictor ParkEdgewood Park
HAND ParkHobbs Park
Ludlam ParkLyons Park
Parnell ParkPark Hills Parks
Quail Run ParkRobinson Park
Stonegate ParkJohn Taylor Park
Veterans ParkWalnut Park
Water Tower Park

Chief Jim McSwain Park

 

COMMUNITY PARKS
Broken Arrow ParkBurcham Park
Centennial ParkClinton Lake Park
Holcom Park"Dad" Perry Park
Prairie ParkRiverfront Park
South ParkBuford M. Watson, Jr. Park

NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS
Chief Jim McSwain ParkBrook Creek Park
Burroughs Creek Trail & Linear ParkClinton Lake Leased Area
Chaparral ParkClinton Park
Constant ParkDeerfield Park
DeVictor ParkEdgewood Park
HAND ParkHobbs Park
Ludlam ParkLyons Park
Parnell ParkPark Hills Parks
Quail Run ParkRobinson Park
Stonegate ParkJohn Taylor Park
Veterans ParkWalnut Park
Water Tower Park

Monday, August 18, 2014

John Taylor Park and Lyons Park

JOHN TAYLOR PARK

This one is my favorite! I know we haven't completed this park challenge yet, but so far this is the winner. It certainly helps that it was a beautiful, sunny 80 degree morning in August but this park has the best play equipment - new stuff we haven't seen at any other park - and is surrounded by big beautiful trees, an incubator community garden, nice basketball courts, a shelter, it was top notch. We loved it! Hence so many pictures. #sorrynotsorry

Ohhh, the sign picture...
 
A picture of my mom swinging Savannah from where Lucy and I were standing on the play equipment.
 
 
 
 
 
LYONS PARK

 
 
Buckley came with us!
 
And Savannah fell asleep on the walk home. She always crosses her ankles like this and my mother-in-law suggested that she was this way in the womb so her feet naturally do this. I love it!
 
COMMUNITY PARKS
Broken Arrow ParkBurcham Park
Centennial ParkClinton Lake Park
Holcom Park"Dad" Perry Park
Prairie ParkRiverfront Park
South ParkBuford M. Watson, Jr. Park
NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS
Chief Jim McSwain ParkBrook Creek Park
Burroughs Creek Trail & Linear ParkClinton Lake Leased Area
Chaparral ParkClinton Park
Constant ParkDeerfield Park
DeVictor ParkEdgewood Park
HAND ParkHobbs Park
Ludlam ParkLyons Park
Parnell ParkPark Hills Parks
Quail Run ParkRobinson Park
Stonegate ParkJohn Taylor Park
Veterans ParkWalnut Park
Water Tower Park

Monday, August 11, 2014

Riverfront Park and Burcham Park

RIVERFRONT PARK

There is no picture by the sign, so there is no need to keep scrolling down looking for it. But we went there. We ate lunch there. It counts. (Can you tell we are nearing the end of this challenge, my need to stick to the rules is lessening by the day...)
 
BURCHAM PARK
Have you been to Burcham Park lately? Me neither. At least not prior to this adventure last week. So, I had no idea the playground equipment was enclosed in the construction fence so you cannot actually get to it. Really, I should have taken a picture of it. Or maybe of the looks on our faces when the swingset came into view, right along with the lovely metal fence surrounding it. Luckily this park is pretty - I think even in the eyes of Lucy who does not think it counts as a park if there is not a slide or swingset - and it was beautiful by the river that day so we had lots of fun despite the playground equipment being off-limits. Oh and a creative-minded Gaga never hurst! And if you haven't been out there to see the KU Boathouse for the rowers, it's worth the trip. So cool!

 


COMMUNITY PARKS
Broken Arrow ParkBurcham Park
Centennial ParkClinton Lake Park
Holcom Park"Dad" Perry Park
Prairie ParkRiverfront Park
South ParkBuford M. Watson, Jr. Park

NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS
Chief Jim McSwain ParkBrook Creek Park
Burroughs Creek Trail & Linear ParkClinton Lake Leased Area
Chaparral ParkClinton Park
Constant ParkDeerfield Park
DeVictor ParkEdgewood Park
HAND ParkHobbs Park
Ludlam ParkLyons Park
Parnell ParkPark Hills Parks
Quail Run ParkRobinson Park
Stonegate ParkJohn Taylor Park
Veterans ParkWalnut Park
Water Tower ParkWoody Park

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The park challenge goes on

QUAIL RUN PARK

We failed at getting a picture by the sign, but we definitely scored by meeting Susan and her kiddos (Andrew and Thoms are older, cute, fun, and have completely captured the attention and awe of Lucy) at the park. And? Susan brought popsicles. So she has Lucy's heart too. I didn't get a picture of Savannah but have I mentioned it was 100 degrees outside? And we stayed for two hours? It was definitely a successful trip!


ROBINSON PARK


I'm recopying the description of the park from the Lawrence Parks & Rec website because it is pretty neat. AND. Jonathan Flanders Morgan, (the sign reads J. F. Morgan) is family so I'm pretty proud of that and appreciate the history. The lesson might have been lost on Lucy and Savannah...but we can go back.

Robinson Park lies near the Kaw River Bridge. The one-acre park is home to Founder's Rock, which is a large chunk of Sioux quartz that bears the names of the 143 founders who came to Lawrence from Massachusetts in August and September 1854.

It is speculated that 40,000 to 100,000 years ago, the rock was moved by glacial ice movement from Montana but most likely South Dakota. From that time until 1929, the rock rested on the banks of the Shunganunga Creek just east of Topeka where the creek joins the Kaw River.

In an article in the Topeka State Journal on September 7, 1929, it was suggested to move the rock to the Statehouse grounds in Topeka because of its geological importance and that it was held in spiritual reverence by the Kanza Indians.

Before Topekans could act, a man from Lawrence, with the aid of the Santa Fe Railway 200-ton crane moved the rock by rail and placed it in Robinson Park.

The placard on the rock reads:

"To the pioneers of Kansas who in devotion to human freedom came into a wilderness, suffered hardships and faced dangers and death to found this state in righteousness. These were the first to come under the auspices of the New England Emigrant Act Company. They founded the City of Lawrence. The first party of twenty-nine men left Massachusetts July 17, 1854 and arrived here August 1, 1854. The second party of one hundred-fourteen left Boston August 29, 1854, and arrived September 15, 1854."

CONSTANT PARK


WATSON PARK



DEERFIELD PARK




SOUTH PARK
 
 
PRAIRIE PARK
 

CHAPARRAL PARK
 
 
 


COMMUNITY PARKS
Broken Arrow ParkBurcham Park
Centennial ParkClinton Lake Park
Holcom Park"Dad" Perry Park
Prairie ParkRiverfront Park
South ParkBuford M. Watson, Jr. Park

NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS
Chief Jim McSwain ParkBrook Creek Park
Burroughs Creek Trail & Linear ParkClinton Lake Leased Area
Chaparral ParkClinton Park
Constant ParkDeerfield Park
DeVictor ParkEdgewood Park
HAND ParkHobbs Park
Ludlam ParkLyons Park
Parnell ParkPark Hills Parks
Quail Run ParkRobinson Park
Stonegate ParkJohn Taylor Park
Veterans ParkWalnut Park
Water Tower Park