- 20 July 2007
Center Park, "a splendid little oasis"
Sabrina Perry does her early-morning watering at Center Park. (Photo by Dave Ives)
Townspeople should experience this park for themselves, for it is remarkable in its compactness, its beauty, its serenity and its quiet remembrances of citizens now gone.
Carved in small letters on each of three eight-foot commemorative granite benches at various locations in the park are the names of Carlisleans Jill Reichenbach, H. Russell Perry, Jr., and Caryl Peabody Lovejoy. One of two teak benches at the front of the park is in memory of Jessica H. Valentine; a plaque is being prepared. The second teak bench is available.
Two teak benches offer a restful stopping point for visitors to Center Park. (Photo by Dave Ives)
This Carlislean walked through the sun-dappled park on Tuesday morning and was reminded of the numerous tiny parks sprinkled throughout London, where people can withdraw from roaring traffic, read their newspapers or just meditate. Based on the appreciative remarks by various townspeople since the dedication of Center Park, Carlisle's newest landmark is a winner.
If you visit the park in the early morning, you might see Sabrina Perry there, watering the perennials, trees and shrubs — nurturing this small and welcome oasis, making certain it thrives for the benefit of us all.