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Featured Book – National Parks

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Dayton Duncan & Ken Burns ~ City Parks, State Parks and National Parks are all important for the well-being of people and for the health of our planet. Having access to and spending time in community green space has been proven to have positive psychological effects. So it … Continue reading

Camp Barkeley Dog Park

I talked with Lydia Long by phone, to ask about the history and establishment of the Abilene dog park. I had heard that she and some others had made the park happen through grassroots efforts. Camp Barkeley, as it is called, is located out adjacent to the zoo and Nelson Park. Also nearby are the … Continue reading

Zoo [Video]

Enjoy a short music video of animals, reptiles and birds at the Abilene Zoo! It gives you a good taste of the place.

Lake Kirby Park

Across from Abilene Regional hospital and the new location for the Sam’s Club warehouse, the expanse of Lake Kirby is visible from some of the upper-floor rooms of the hospital. People like to fish here and there are some nice birds to observe. They like the water, apparently. Who doesn’t? The birds also have a fine … Continue reading

City University – {Parks, Libraries, Health Center, Civic Center}

Audrey Perry has worked for 44 years (!) at the Abilene Civic Center. She is the manager. We walked around the entire 1970’s facility, including its 1990 conference center addition. It was interesting to see the spaces getting prepared for a show in the auditorium/stage/backstage, an event in the exhibit hall, nothing at the time … Continue reading

Rudy’s Top Five Playgrounds in Abilene

Rudy Fernandez, Program Director at local radio station KEAN 105, lists his favorites in this blog post, which has a lot of good information and photos about specific parks in Abilene.  

Parks & Recreation Board Meeting

Attended:  Tuesday, April 9th, 2013. Board members greeted one another with a lot of warmth when entering the room, there were bottles of water and personalized nameplates at each place around the basic-style conference table. Meets in an unassuming room in the Community Service Department building, 633 Walnut Street. Leroy, the representative from the Senior Center … Continue reading

Kirby Park – To Sell or Not To Sell

As you can see, the park appears neglected maintenance-wise, and is surrounded by industrial businesses. I’m always looking for some pretty nature to sit and look at while I enjoy some lunch in my car occasionally, and this little tucked-away park seems nice for that. Too bad it’s developed a bad reputation, and is perhaps … Continue reading

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