We finally had a chance to visit the St. Thomas Elevated Park in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. This short video shares our visit on a day late in August.
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About the Elevated Park
SPOILER ALERT: We loved it.
This park is situated on a former rail line and bridge. It’s community-owned and built, relying on donations to cover costs. It’s free for everyone to enjoy.
When we arrived, it was late August and the wildflowers were beginning to turn to seed. This is my favourite time of year. The colours were gorgeous and there were plenty of bees, butterflies, and other wild things flitting about.
I was very happy to see the use of familiar wild “native” plants that grow in this area without being invasive. It’s a good, sustainable choice and much preferable to the typical selection of greenhouse annuals we see at many local parks.
This railway-themed art is at the top of the pollinator garden at the entry. It is one of several pieces in St. Thomas created by Scott McKay. I became an instant fan.
Past the pollinator garden, you come to a long walking trail leading to the bridge over Kettle Creek.
It’s classic Ontario scenery, lined with trees and undergrowth, reminding me of favourite camp grounds.
The bridge is brilliant for two reasons. First, the giant weathervane, called Fear Not the Wind, also by Scott McKay.
I first noticed the weathervane when we were driving on the roadway below the bridge. It looks totally charming up in the sky.
Second, the view overlooking the valley. Wow. It’s just beautiful with lush, green hills, farms, and roads. I’m looking forward to seeing it in fall when the leaves have turned.
The remainder of the project will be built when they have the donations to cover the costs.
image credit: http://www.elevatedpark.ca/the-vision/
We were so impressed with the design—lots of green space, native plants, and quirky and endearing art—and look forward to seeing what’s next.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛
- St. Thomas Elevated Park website | http://www.elevatedpark.ca/
- Elevated Park Facebook page | https://www.facebook.com/StThomasElevatedPark/?tn-str=k*F
- More on Artist Scott McKay | http://www.relishelgin.ca/arts/-a-match-forged-in-heaven-scott-mckay-sculpture-to-be-featured-on-elevated-park
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