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Warrensburg in Johnson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Welcome to Blind Boone Park

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 20, 2015
1. Welcome to Blind Boone Park Marker
Inscription.

Originally built in 1954 as a segregated park with only restrooms & two BBQ grills, the park has experienced a rebirth as over 3,000 volunteers and many generous donors contributed to the 2000 - 2005 rebuilding of this 3.28 acre site & its dedication as a community park.

Welcome to the park's multi-use trail. To the right, on the sloped bank, is the 'Flower Hund' Prairie Area featuring indigenous wild grasses & flowers. On the left is the Sensory Garden; please touch the plants & enjoy their textures & fragrances. Next, on the left, behind the barrier, is the 13' Wind Harp designed by artist Ron Konzak & played by a 15 mph wind that produces sound by vibrating the tuned metal harp strings. On the right, is a rope suspended from fence posts, that begins here and ends at the water feature in the lower area. This rope guide is to assist the blind in finding the important features in the park. Audio boxes located on the first post & at the end of the first of two sections tell of the park history & of the various features.

Along the trail, on the right at the textured sidewalk, sitting on locally quarried limestone, is the bronze sculpture of Mr. Boone. Please note the drinking fountain with a watering area for service dogs & pets. The left path from this location leads to the 20' gazebo. Ahead is the path down the hill, past

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By William Fischer, Jr., June 20, 2015
2. Welcome to Blind Boone Park Marker
a water feature formed by a natural spring that trickles through limestone formations during wet times of the year. The lower trail is a loop that rejoins the descending sidewalk at the textured location. Horseshoe pits, elevated birdhouses & a shuffleboard court are located in the center of the loop. Various art forms are arranged outside the sidewalk loop as are benches, picnic tables & one of the original BBQ grills, renovated for your use. Behind the readers of this sign is the restroom building. This park is part of the Warrensburg park system. Please contact the Warrensburg Park & Recreation Department for more information.

Please enjoy your stay.

Major financial support for this park was provided by the Federal Land & Water Conservation Grant Program, through the Department of Natural Resources.
 
Erected by the Warrensburg Lions Club.
 
Location. 38° 45.799′ N, 93° 44.905′ W. Marker is in Warrensburg, Missouri, in Johnson County. Touch for map. Park entrance is off Pine Street, west of Warren Street. Marker is in this post office area: Warrensburg MO 64093, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John William Boone (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Public Square (approx. 0.2

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By William Fischer, Jr., June 20, 2015
3. Blind Boone Park Gazebo
miles away); Francis Marion Cockrell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tribute to the Dog (approx. 0.2 miles away); Senator George Graham Vest (approx. 0.2 miles away); Johnson County's Old Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Drum (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Passing of the Old Backhouse (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Warrensburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Missourians: John William "Blind" Boone. (Submitted on July 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Blind Boone. (Submitted on July 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. About Blind Boone Park. (Submitted on July 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 20, 2015
4. Blind Boone Park Mural
On back of gazebo
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 20, 2015
5. Blind Boone Park Dedicatory Paver
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 167 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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