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
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!