Saturday morning is a great time for a walk in the park, especially when you take an energetic two-year-old along. Mark and I took our grandson, Carson, for a visit to Pickerington Ponds Metro Park. Pickerington Ponds features a wetlands habitat that is home to a wide variety of birds, insects, reptiles, and amphibians. Birders gather in the park every spring to view and photograph a large heron rookery. Gravel paths and a boardwalk provide a pleasant stroll, or trot, if you are chasing a toddler.
Pickerington Ponds has plenty of natural beauty, and also a colorful mural created by Pickerington Elementary School students in 1993. I love community art projects like this one, because they bring people together in pride of history and ownership in the spaces we share.
My home town, Ashland Kentucky, is located on the banks of the Ohio River. A large floodwall protects the city from rising waters. Floodwalls are not particularly scenic, but Ashland has decorated these with murals depicting scenes from the city’s past.
Murals are to be found in parks and on walls, in cities both large and small. Ohio has some impressive examples in Portsmouth and also in Steubenville, where visitors can also see an amazing display of life-sized nutcracker figures. The nutcracker display is especially fun to visit during the Christmas season.
Does your community have public art projects on display? If you are interested in starting one, this website has some good information from Forecast Public Art.