My American Landscape XXXVI

Pioneer Park, Walla Walla, WA – Frederick Law Olmsted and Company

Old parks are one of our treasures from the past. They sometimes present us with the skills of the Olmstead Brothers. They become the care takers of those of us who do not engage in the shared acts of community park care. We relegate those tasks to the ‘parks department’. They in turn are at the mercy of the city, county or state representatives.

Somewhere along the way we decided it was better to pay to have the maintenance done rather than doing it as a community. With the demand on our politicians to reduce, reduce, reduce. We’re faced with what once were treasures becoming aging obligations that will require special levy’s to pay for maintenance and up keep. A separate tax that is dedicated to the upkeep and maintenance of the parks.

The City of Walla Walla, WA, has a line item of 3 Million Dollars and change. Which reflects the care given to their oldest park, Pioneer Park. Although these images really are images of some of the parts, one should really visit to experience the size of the tree made famous by the Bible character Zacius. Where did he sit to see the wandering Jesus?

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