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Glenwood Children's Park

 
 
Glenwood Children's Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 13, 2011
1. Glenwood Children's Park Marker
Inscription.

For children to enjoy nature at its best
presented by the children of
Mr. & Mrs. Louis Gardner
Ruth Gardner Reese – Louis Gardner Jr.
Martha Gardner Wernig
———— ————
"As you witness the touch of his hand
in the wonders of nature
you too will feel closer to God"
————
Designed by Jens Jensen
World famous landscape architect
Dedicated Oct. 7, 1949

 
Location. 43° 3.232′ N, 89° 26.247′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Glenwood Street and Cross Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53711, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Plough Inn (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Plough Inn (about 700 feet away); Old Spring Hotel (approx. mile away); Old Spring Tavern (approx. mile away); Jacobs House I (approx. 0.4 miles away); Nakoma (approx. half a mile away); John M. Olin (approx. half a mile away); In Memory of Our Beloved Sons (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Glenwood Children's Park.
Glenwood Children's Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 13, 2011
2. Glenwood Children's Park Marker
The marker is on a rock in the southeast corner of the park, in the lower left corner of this photo (which is a view toward the glen to the northwest).
According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, which designated the park as a landmark (no. 31) on April 14, 1974, "Glenwood Children's Park is a former sandstone quarry that was used in the early years of Madison's history. It is said that North and South Halls on the UW campus were built from stone from this quarry. By the 1920s the quarry was merely an abandoned but picturesque glen. Members of the Madison Parks and Pleasure Drive Association identified it as a pleasant spot for a park in the 1920s, but it wasn't until 1943 that the Louis Gardner family purchased the site for public enjoyment. At the same time noted landscape architect Jens Jensen, known at the dean of the naturalistic style of landscaping, visited the dell and became interested in its development as a park for children. In 1949 Jensen returned to the park and supervised its renovation, with removal of alien species and the addition of flowering shrubs and trees and 'council rings' for children's play."
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These are markers for buildings that were probably constructed of sandstone from the park.
 
Also see . . .  Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the park (pdf). (Submitted on April 14, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
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Glenwood Children's Park image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 13, 2011
3. Glenwood Children's Park
This is a closer view of the glen, with evidence of the original sandstone quarry in the distance.
Glenwood Children's Park image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 13, 2011
4. Glenwood Children's Park
This is a closer view of some of the sandstone in the glen.
Glenwood Children's Park image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 13, 2011
5. Glenwood Children's Park
This is one of the "council rings" in the park, with a fire platform in the middle. This is a view toward the bike path that skirts the park on the northwest.
Glenwood Children's Park image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 13, 2011
6. Glenwood Children's Park
A view to the southeast from a council ring fire platform.
Glenwood Children's Park image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 13, 2011
7. Glenwood Children's Park
A park tree stump cut into a chair, with a sign assuring visitors that the trees had to be removed for safety reasons.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 13, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 611 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 13, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   6, 7. submitted on April 14, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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