What Fort Green Park is good for

I’m updating this on an ongoing basis as of August 1, 2017. The park bursts with breezes, haze and movement!


So what is Fort Green Park good for?

* Well, dogs, obviously, especially during off-leash hours. And not everybody likes it. So courtesy has gone up. The dogs still get to flare their nostrils for the important things: sniffing food and each other. Our Havanese, all 14 lbs. of him,  sniffs other dogs for 2, 3 beats before snarling and chasing them out of his presence. His claim to fame: he once scratched Rosie Prerez’s dog’s nose. She steered clear of us after that.

* Saturday, when the park is so thick with dogs you’d think Babar was creating a dog city for Celeste, his beloved. All the high tails, black noses and 4-leggers signify a mostly civilized citizenry trotting and leaping around.

* The new native gardens. As August has been approaching, the reds have become more intense, the yellows more golden, the lavenders even more generous. Someone brought two monarch butterflies he’d raised at home. One one was there on the wet lavender flowers this morning, flexing wings and flying in circles, lifting off and returning to the lavender.

* Short black and ivory bees up by the museum garden and reddish-yellow bees down by the tennis court gardens.

* Conversation, which you can take or leave as you see fit..

* Belief in magic, or at least sanctity. There’s that set of hexagonal stones circling another hexagonal stone. It’s under the line of trees bordering the allee leading from the monument area to Richard Wright’s bench.


Other noteworthy sites in Fort Green Park:

* The Osage Orange trees, which protect and display their orange colors deep within the grooves of the bark. The big fruits are so green, huge and bumpy they look like Martians’ brains. When they fall and splat open on the asphalt in September, you wonder about everything, including whether the Martians survived.

* The pollen on the shorter pines on the hill near the hospital in early spring.


* The red tail hawks, even if they moved their nest to Lond Island University down DeKalb beyond the hospital. They still come to visit.

* The beautiful deep pink and white spring apple blossoms near DeKalb.

* The little red and green fruits that come after the apple blossoms.

*The park’s maintenance people who have to do a smelly, messy job in heat or cold and say hello to you when you say hello to them.

* The beautiful tennis courts rebuilt by players in theneighborhood — citizens — so they could have beautiful tennis courts.

* The woodpecker, when you can hear it.

* The thick, wide velvety white magnolia petals in early spring.

* The  words written in colored chalk on an almost daily basis by someone with really clear handwriting and a desire for good things. I loved the most recent sentence I saw: “You define you.” NOTE I haven’t seen these writings for a long time and it is August 2017.

* The kids who zoom, riding bikes or skating on supremely confident legs. Also the smaller kids who plod about on wobbly legs.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. leagpage
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 00:25:51

    Nice. The chalk sayings are intriguing.


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