Saturday, September 18, 2010

Big Trees - and a meandering creek define an urban park

Perhaps it's the trees. Or maybe it's just the creek. But the fact of the matter is clear. With big trees all around and Paint Creek meandering through Rochester Municipal Park on her babbling journey to the rushing waters of the Clinton River, this city park takes on a life of its own even when people are not walking her paved paths.  Kudos to the City of Rochester, for when a job is well done nature does the rest. By no means is this park a wildland. It is however beautiful and peaceful and a great place to explore and feel a bit more connected to the land. And when a festival is held - such as last weekend's Arts and Apples  Festival - the shade of the trees and the flow of the water add to the experience. The photos hint at how trees and a creek (with much of the creekside vegetation intact) can enhance and sooth the human spirit in an urban park even when thousands walk at one time. Imagine if the festival was just in an open field.


Blogger Sandman said...

Very fine piece and enjoyed the photo's.

September 19, 2010 at 10:27 AM 
Blogger Pat said...

Jonathan, nice article! Your 1st photo - of the folks on the bridge - caused me to do a doubletake. Until I looked further I thought this was about the creek & greenery of Shiawassee Park in Farmington, where my pooch and I walk to nearly every day. It's a little oasis amid all the concrete, and judging from the use it gets, I think there's a lot of people like you & I who really do appreciate it!

September 23, 2010 at 11:37 AM 

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