Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Ballard Park!

I looked at my morning email today and found the latest Friends of Ballard Park newsletter, and what do I learn but that today - October 30 - is Ballard Park's birthday. On October 30, 1990 Carol C. Ballard deeded 13 acres to the city of Newport to be used to preserve the natural habitat and provide a place for educational and cultural activities. The rest is history.

Any of you who read this blog and/or read my stuff on Gather.com regularly have seen Ballard Park in all four seasons, in panorama, and up close. It and the adjoining Gooseneck Cove are my spiritual home, and I spend a lot of time and take a lot of pictures down there. In response to learning that today was its 19th birthday, I grabbed the camera and walked all the trails, taking pictures the whole time, and put the whole thing together in a slide-show video. This is my birthday present to Ballard Park. Enjoy!


© 2009 by A. Roy Hilbinger

9 comments:

  1. ...so beautiful. Your city definitely benefits from such a gem. I loved the walk. How cool...it even has a boardwalk!

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  2. beautiful

    I walked in woodlands with a friend in Suffolk last weekend - some echoes here, though it doesn't have the rockiness of your countryside.

    I've watched this whilst listening to the Saint Saens. Guess I should check out the music/soundtrack you chose!

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  3. ROY!! I just found that Pompey King was an African American, former slave and pioneer. He was also a member of the Frist Presbyterian Church. He was buried in the Old Burial Ground, and later moved to the Oak Grove Cemetery. Wow. I must add this as a post script to my post for today. Thanks for spurring me on to more researchm dear friend.

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  5. Thank You for The Journey Roy.

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  6. Well, it wasn't as good as being there, but it was damn close. Thank you, sir!

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  7. Thank you for this lovely walk!

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