Elm Grove Park: Winning Stories

To celebrate our first 100 years in Elm Grove Park, we invited your stories. We chose three authors to receive a print (bottom of page) from neighborhood artist Wendy Blickenstaff.

Letter to Elm Grove Park

By Alex Tyree, 4th Grade

Hi I have lived here my whole life and so far it’s been super fun. I’ve made so many friends from the park. I’ve been at the park so much we started calling it our park. During covid we started having a pod so for recess we play a game called berry war. Well that’s all i have to say so have a great rest of your day!

Elm Grove Elegy
By Carolyn Waggoner

Relaxing under shady giants to escape summer's scorch
Strolling proudly with newborn sons
Celebrating milestone birthdays
Hunting for hidden Easter eggs
Collecting acorns and horse chestnuts and colorful leaves
Chasing elusive butterflies and runaway dogs
Playing Frisbee and soccer 'til little legs crumple
Picnicking with playful uncles and wandering toddlers
Exercising energetic puppies; then geriatric amblers
Swinging giggling grandkids
Meeting old friends and new
Contemplating life's joys – and griefs too
Remembering 45 years fondly

Pivot Movement

by Ali Landers

Elm Grove means joy, a respite from chaos and a sanctuary to carry on. I run a small business providing adaptive & inclusive dance and yoga. When COVID hit it was devastating for my business and for my students.

We lost over half of our participants when I decided to move classes to Elm Grove after the challenges of Zoom. Many of my students have compromised health, so going outside to class was not an option, and sadly, Zoom is not an ideal accessible way to engage with my students. It has been a hurdle that we are still not over yet. And, in spite of all the hardships and transitions, Elm Grove was a wonderful place for us to meet safely, with plenty of room to spread our wings and dance.

Elm Grove has a tender place in all my students’ hearts. It gave them a way to have class outside all summer and see their beloved friends and interact in person. To enjoy company and get back to their love of yoga and dance.  Elm Grove was a lifesaver and that is why Elm Grove means so much to me and my students. We love Elm Grove Park!