Thursday, May 25, 2006

Donkey Park - the name is carried on.

A small park is located directly across the street from my house, and is surrounded by 8 or 10 homes. We have called it "Donkey Park" for the 15 years I have lived here, and it has probably held it informally for a long time. Unfortunately this may be historically incorrect. Just about 1/2 block down the street is a more elaborate park.- It has playground equipement, bronze sculpture and a gazebo. It is called "Children's Park".

This From The Deephaven History Web Site:

"Cottagewood Children's Park is remembered by some as the place where the Hazeltine sisters grazed their donkeys, until 1918 when they were banned from the park by the City Council. On June 10, 1918, the matter of Cottagewood's "Donkey Park" in front of Hazeltine's was discussed at the Council meeting. Although it was too late to plant flowers, Charles Saline was appointed to cut grass and allowed no animals to be tied there."

So, it seems our little park...more of a public space, can claim the abandoned name'Donkey Park" even if it is innacurate. I might note, however, that we do not really know how far the Hazeltine Sisters grazed their donkeys, or the old boundaries of the park.

- There will be a neighborhood Barbeque on Monday at 4:00.


Anonymous JP said...

I was just commenting Sunday as I ran by that park that it's a sad little park. Donkey Park is a fitting nickname, kinda like Eeyore style ("Nobody loves me..."). You'd think C'wood would upgrade it!

6:30 AM  

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