Summer is upon us, and fortunately it's still fairly cool in the mornings and evenings. I went for a walk around Wright Park and have to say again how beautiful the grounds are. The Hoover Pavilion is such a stunning building. Once serving as a National Guard Armory, it is now rated one of the top ten places to have a wedding/reception in Kansas. Despite the years of renovations done to this historical landmark, the current building still resembles the original from 1919!
My favorite feature of Wright Park is the Liberty Garden. A place of remembrance and solitude, this honorary garden is a peaceful place to reflect. Did you know Dodge City was the first community in Kansas to receive a piece of the World Trade Center? The 1,200 lb. piece of steel sits between two replicas of the twin towers with our flag flying above. The garden also houses a piece of the Indiana Limestone which was once part of the facade of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. It took Patriot Guard Riders eleven days, traveling through nine states to bring this to Dodge City. A piece of the Pennsylvania sandstone from the crash site of United Flight 93 was also granted to the City of Dodge City by the Nation Parks Service.
As featured in a previous blog, this beautiful park is also the location to the Wright Park Zoo! In 1922 a local Kiwanis Club started a bird refuge which eventually grew into the establishment today, making it one of Kansas' oldest zoos. It is home to many animals from bears, lemurs, tigers, and much more. The zoo is open 7 days a week and is free to the public! The walking path through the zoo allows a safe yet close view of the animals. Efforts to expand the zoo are in place, click here
to help the cause!
While walking around the park I got to see the local YMCA's summer camp burning some energy at the playground! As soon as I spoke to the camp counselor and got permission to snap a few photos, I had a swarm of curious children around me. "Whose Mommy are you?" "What are you doing?" "Is that your camera?" "Did you take of picture of me?" "Will you take a picture of me?" "What are you doing here?" "Whats your name again?"
First it was amusing, then a little exhausting, but I managed to make it through the interrogation!
The Dodge City Cowboy Band
started their annual Tuesday night concerts in the park in June. Come out to the Wright Park Band Shell on Tuesdays, 7:30 sharp and enjoy some of your favorite marches, polka tunes, and much more!
And remember folks...there aint nothin wrong with a little horsen' around!