My grandmother used to give us stale Wonderbread to feed the ducks. She never wanted anything to go to waste; and as a young father, it was a cheap way to entertain my kids for an hour or two. I will always have fond memories going to Ann Morrison Park to feed the ducks with the kids. It built a connection with nature that my kids will never forget.
Two of my favorite things were feeding the ducks and riding the playground equipment near the river. My mom's brother Arnold ("Unckie") would spend hours with me at the slide, swings, monkey bars and Merry
Go "Round. Unckie suffered from schizophrenia and other mental disorders but remained a kind, generous man for his lifetime...He owned a car and had some weekdays off from work, allowing for park visits during uncrowded times of day...The value for me-playing outdoors, enjoying wildlife, spending time with my Uncle Arnold-these are the memories that remain with me today, providing vivid, lasting images that will endure in my mind forever.
I was born a year after the construction of the park was complete and our family home was on the rim. I can’t remember a time that the park was not a part of my life. I played in the creek with my siblings while my mom played tennis. I ice skated on the ponds in the winter and fed the geese in the summer. I played softball on the fields and had more picnics with my family than I can count. We came to the park’s take out after tubing and then would play on the beach for hours. I would ride my bike using the bridal path to get down to the park. I have a few scars on my knees to prove it. The park was always a place of solace and fun to me. Later on with my family we went to the River Festival events, watched the 4th of July fireworks and cheered on our son as he competed in high school cross country. Now we take our three legged dog to the dog park. When it snows I love going around the park on my cross country skis. The trees are now huge but I love that I remember them when they were just sticks. This park has grown with my family and I want to see it continue for generations to come.
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