Saturday, May 28, 2016

Gordon Park (5/28/2016)

Saturday, May 28, 2016
Oh, my, we went right from winter to summer! The temperature is in the 90s today!
We walked from Rockefeller Park to Lake Erie through Gordon Park. The land for Gordon Park was donated by philanthropist William J Gordon who made his fortune in the wholesale grocery and iron ore businesses. He had accumulated land on the shore of Lake Erie where Doan Brook empties into the lake. He was landscaping the area with pathways, bridges and wooded groves to be used as a public park upon his death. The park opened in 1893, and was popular for its beach and the wooded areas with formal gardens.
Today, a highway cuts through the park.
Pedestrian footbridge
Pedestrian footbridge view of I-90
On one side are empty tennis courts, but active ball fields.

Tennis courts
A couple of softball games in progress
On the other side are a boat ramp and yacht club.
Intercity Yacht Club (white building) and boat ramp
A boater out on Lake Erie
Gordon Park's view of the defunct Lake Shore power plant
The 1937 bathhouse was used for the
Cleveland Police Canine Unit training,
but is now vacant
Curving wall outside the former Canine Unit 
Aesculus pavia/Red Buckeye tree in bloom
Red Buckeye bloom (5/30/2016, KSS)

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