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.