A New Park in my Neighborhood

There’s a new park in my neighborhood, dedicated over the Memorial Day weekend.  It’s called Home of the Brave Park and at the very center is a gorgeous memorial to our veterans.

The memorial sets in the middle of a large parcel of land that was home to a fireworks manufacturer since 1931.  The Rozzi family is famous in our area for spectacular shows and provided the fireworks for the first night game ever played in the major leagues – the Cincinnati Reds vs.  the Philadelphia Phillies at Crosley Field on May 24, 1935.  A couple of years ago, the company moved to another location and now their beautiful property is home to a great park that includes a children’s play area with a waterpark, picnic shelter, walking trails, baseball  and soccer fields, and lots of pretty flowers, bushes and trees.

It’s a five-minute drive from my home and I have a feeling the grandchildren are going to be spending a lot of time there this summer.

Dolphin Goes to the Park

Our local township park has several big play areas for kids, but granddaughter Dolphin’s favorite spot is a small lot that has a tire swing…..

….a wooden mountain to climb….

…a nice, slick slide….

….all guaranteed to make a child SMILE.

An April Day in the Park with Rusty

The last two weeks have been spectacularly beautiful in our southwestern Ohio neighborhood.  I took my hound dog, Rusty, to our township park to enjoy the daffodils that line the trail that leads into the woods.  Rusty normally spends 90% of his time in the park sniffing and he wasn’t sure what to make of the pretty yellow flowers.

The trail is a very natural setting, just like walking through the wooded area of an old farm.

Rusty enjoys nosing among the dry leaves, inspecting every tree and bush, and generally giving the park the once-over.

Rusty and I enjoy the park the year-around but I think spring is our favorite time.

Autumn at the Township Park

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We have a beautiful little park close to my house in Loveland, Ohio, where I like to take my dog, Rusty, and my four-year-old granddaughter.  There is a nice play area for Dolphin ….

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For over a year, Dolphin has been fascinated by a huge tree that was cut down and is still there near a big stump. 

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On Halloween Day we were surprised to find a face carved on the stump – so appropriate to the day.

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There’s a beautiful bridge that connects two playgrounds and leads to a trail in the woods (Rusty’s favorite spot).

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To add to the fun, there’s a pretty lake with ducks and usually a bunch of kids feeding them.  Rusty’s not choosy – he’ll sniff anywhere.

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All in all, it’s a nice place to spend some time on a sunny autumn afternoon.

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Walking the Trail with Rusty

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Our local park has a lovely trail that makes you feel as though you are in the woods on an old farm.  The trail is cleared enough to be able to walk comfortably and get really close to a wide variety of trees, flowers and … weeds.  My 8-year-old mixed hound, Rusty, loves to go on the trail.  Unfortunately, he has a thing about riding in cars and always looks completely despondent until I take him out of the back seat and he sees where he is.  Then, it’s pure joy as he investigates every inch of every plant on our walk. 

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We didn’t expect to see any really colorful fall foliage this year after a dreary, hot, drought-ridden summer, but the trees are spectacular in spite of the bad treatment nature gave them this summer.

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There are a lot of almost deformed trees along our walk.  These are two of my favorites. 

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This is always a slow, leisurely walk, giving Rusty all the time he wants to sniff.  He’s had some health problems, so after 20 minutes or so, we’re both ready to head back to the car.

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