Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Turtle Park Duck


This duck lives in Turtle Park, more formally known as Mount Wilson Trail Park.  He is located in the playground at the east end of the park. 

Toward the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, the Playground Movement and the Mothers' and Children's Movement (an offshoot of Women's Suffrage) came into being.  They were responsible for the passage of policies designed to assist children, and to support schools and playgrounds.  Urban landscapes changed throughout this time as playgrounds became the focus of philanthropists and local governments.  Many of our playgrounds were built in the 1930's as WPA projects.  

As for the duck in Turtle Park, I wonder if it bothers him that he doesn't live in Duck Park.  I think he seems pretty okay with his lot in life. 


8 comments:

  1. i never knew such a movement existed! how wonderful!

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  2. That is very cool that urban planning and landscapes went in that direction then. I love that there a direct connection to a WPA project here too!

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  3. I just love coming here and learning all your good snippets of history. This one makes perfect sense but I never knew it before.

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    1. Thanks, PB. I'd never even thought of it. It was initially a response to the Industrial Revolution. I can't imagine life without playgrounds...

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  4. Love it ! Our son probably as well. Please have a good Wednesday.

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    1. Imagine what it would be like without them, huh? Have a good Wednesday!

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