You have to understand... I'm not one of those wimpy its-below-freezing boo-hoo type of people. I don't get scared of three inches of snow on the road or two months straight of below-freezing temperatures. I love winter. I love snow. Heck, I love wearing coats and scarfs and mittens - the whole thang. I can handle cold, wind, snow, and basically any unholy combination of it (which we affectionately called "wintry mix"). And I like to think that we, Midwesterners, are tough and hardy people because of our winter....but jeeze, it's really really cold right now.
So this is for you, chilly reader, wearing glittens as you type on your laptop - and for me, looking forward to spring for the first time this winter.
8-foot tall bronze Civil War solider was added to the original elements of the park, which included a wooden fence, rustic bridge, and a handful of planted trees.
The real transformation of this land on the north bank of the St. Joe River occurred during the 1920s and 30s. In 1927, the impressive Neoclassical bandshell complete with ornate cooper roof and griffins was constructed. Hopefully, we'll be able to post about some of the summer concerts and performances that take place here.
Then later during the early 1930s, the Works Progress Administration built the mind-blowingly awesome 5-tiered rock garden that leads from the green space of the park down to the river. The various elements of this rock garden were finished just a couple years later in 1937, but it will take you ages to wander around the calm pools of water and wonder at the stone waterfall.
Since the Depression-era, a number of new elements have been added, changed, or rebuilt in the park. Tennis courts, a play ground, a basketball court, and a fun-looking water works "splashpad" thing added a sports and recreation feel to the park. The Shiorjiri Garden, on the other hand, offers a Japanese zen haven right in the middle of the park. In recent history, Battel Park has also been linked up to the Riverwalk trails that connect almost all of the area's river front.
Location: 301 West Mishawaka Avenue, north side of the River north to Mishawaka Avenue, Forest Avenue on the west and at the end of Ann Street on the eastTip: Bring a camera. This park will make anyone feel like an amateur photographer.