This is my Father’s world.
He shines in all that’s fair.
In the rustling grass, I hear Him pass
He speaks to me everywhere.
Last Sunday, we took the kids to the Children’s Garden in downtown Oklahoma City (Reno Avenue between Broadway and Classen), which is part of the newly renovated Myriad Gardens. The Office of James Burnett out of Solana Beach, California, designed all this magic in coordination with several consultants.*
My kids absolutely loved this place! If not for the promise of a trip to Martin Nature Park, we would have dragged them away kicking and screaming.
Robert asked me what these things were and I was never so happy to tell him: Cattails! That’s what they remind me of anyway – the cattails that grew in our yard in Hacienda Heights, California. I just love them. They bend with a boing. Fun!
This is the beautiful Crystal Bridge in downtown Oklahoma City. It houses a botanical garden. When Robert worked for the tourism department, which is located in the First National Center, he ran here everyday during his lunch hour. That was before renovation. He used to say he practically had the park to himself. I can promise you, nobody will ever this park to himself again. It is absolutely amazing. I can’t wait for the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts next week (April 24-29), which takes place in and around this area.
Sullivan had a blast climbing on this earthy berm, which is fitted with steel poles to create an innovative slide. In the background is the recently-constructed skyscraper for Devon Energy, now the tallest building in Oklahoma.
This gorgeous tiled structure is really a spray-ground and interactive children’s fountain. It sprays water up and down and mimics fog, thunder and lightning. I read somewhere that it will begin spraying water on May 1. My kids are going to love this!
The Children’s Garden actually features planter boxes with various vegetables growing. The Myriad Gardens has an educational component. Click here to learn more.
Eventually, thousands of parents will have taken their kids to the Children’s Playground at Myriad Gardens just to get their picture with the emblematic GROW structures.
*When I first publishsed this post, I attributed credit to one of several builders on the project, Ruppert, a Maryland landscape contractor. I have updated the post wtih the correct information.
In February 2014, my picture of my baby girl, not so baby anymore, the Super Bridgy, appeared in Velocity, a publication of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.