Sunday, May 9, 2010

Alice Keck Park

 The true name of this lovely one block park just a quick stroll from the Inn is the Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, but locals typically just call it Alice Keck Park.  Dedicated in May, 1980, it was the gift to the city by, you guessed it, Alice Keck Park. (Hence the Memorial Gardens in the name.)  Deborah decided to blog on this today having just taken a walk through this miniature gem of a botanic garden. On any given day, you will find folk doing Tai Chi, dozing, reading or painting on the lawn, accompanied by water sounds.  You are never far from one of several water features (some quite small) as you wander along meandering paths by hundreds of flowering shrubs and trees.  The koi and lotus pond and gazebo add a timeless quality to the center of the park, and the turtles are a favorite of parents with young children. You can find quiet benches scattered throughout for just sitting or maybe sharing lunch with a friend.  There are audio stations explaining the exotic and native plants and their environments for the horticulturally curious. The park features numerous drought tolerant and low water usage plants. This is a favorite location for weddings and elopement ceremonies. 

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn

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