Today, I am focusing in on my absolute FAVORITE place to walk the dog...at least my dogs.
If you've followed me at all, you probably can guess that the next words out of my fingers are going to be LAZYBROOK PARK.
There are four reasons both my dogs and I love this park:
(1) It's close to home (no long car rides) and inundated with squirrel eye candy
(2) It is well maintained and groomed
(3) There are biking/walking trails that are gravel or paved (no sloshing around in wet weather)
(4) There are pavilions and a gazebo to hide in when notorious PA showers roll through.
Then of course, it is simply LOVELY in all seasons. Situated next to Tunkhannock Creek, you have the best of all worlds. The Creek is actually what makes Lazybrook so historic.
The Lazy Brook development was constructed in the late 1960s and early 1970s on farm land along the Tunkhannock Creek. The 89 homes in the development had experienced flooding seven times since 1976. In 1996, 69 of the 89 homes had water levels in their lowest floors ranging from 1 to 8 feet. These homes also experienced failure of the septic systems; contamination from fuel oil; and 8 homes were isolated by a drainage channel after losing their access bridge. Three months after the disaster, only 10 families were able to live in their homes. (Source: FEMA)
In January of 1996 at a town meeting, the residents decided the best course of action was to allow their homes to be acquired. The National Park Service became integral as part of the process to turn what was once a residential community into a community recreational area.
Lazybrook is now also the home of an old lenticular truss bridge, that was built in 1881. The bridge was totally restored by Bach Steel of Holt, Michigan. You have seen this beautiful red bridge in some of my photos.
If you are lucky, there might be a game of some type going on in one of the large fields. Or you can watch the disc golf players as they work the course, which has also been added to the park.
There are many memorial trees and benches. We like to stroll along the paths and see the different trees during various times of the year. They have given me some ideas on what to plant on our own property.
We also like to just sit on a bench overlooking the creek to watch for jumping fish, ducks, cranes, and kayakers.
At the front of the park there are multi-opportunities for kids to play in three different playground areas that have their own little footprint.
Dogs must be leashed, and there are bag stations for cleaning up after your pet.
I am headed there this weekend. If you see me, wave!
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I am part of a weekly blogging group of professional pet photographers located all over the planet. To see what others have blogged about this week on the topic of "a walk in the park," start here with Linda Perdue of VPShoots Photography, as she blogs about a walk in dog-friendly Eureka Springs Park with her dogs. Then find the link at the end of each blog to click to the next photographer.
Have a good one!
P.S. Below is a photo supplied by Tunkhannock Township of the park layout, as supplied by Google Earth.