A re-dedication took place this weekend for a Glendale park that caters to the senses.
From sight to sound, the Elsie McCarthy Sensory Garden was created for those with disabilities.
The sounds and sights of nature awaken the senses ...
“It taps onto all sensors smell taste, touch, feel,” says Diane Lesser.
The feel of the mosaic tiles that line the beautiful fountain, the trees that line the pebbled path, the roses that bloom and fill the air with a sweet aroma are all integral parts of the at the Elsie McCarthy Sensory Garden.
“It was built in 2001 and three or four years ago the commission of people with disabilities decided to take it on as a project and to make it much better,” said Lesser. “It had become very over grown and not attended to as well as it should have.
Elsie McCarthy was a long-time Valley resident and an avid gardener.
She continued her gardening throughout her life, even after she lost her eyesight....she donated money to the city for "the purpose of establishing, purchasing, improving, expanding or maintaining a scented and tactile garden for the visually handicapped.
The disabilities commission along with the city's arts commission chose a fountain of youth theme spearheaded by a local artist who involved teens ages 13-17 from two group homes in the design process.
Kristine Kollashc has this concept of creating this fountain of youth,” said Carrie Richards. “The concept was these teens that are at-risk that live in these group homes that this is a place they can come back to, this is something permanent.”
“The walkways have gravel on them,” Lesser said. “On each pivotal moment, for each of the monuments, you can see that the concrete has been molded to have different senses on it.”
“The roses were all replanted a couple of years ago which bring out your smelling and then we were looking for different sounds by each of the areas so that they would know they are in that particular area because it’s built in a circle,” Lesser said.
There's a contemplation garden, quiet places to meditate, social places to meet and enjoy the beauty of the sensory garden.
The Elsie McCarthy Sensory Garden is located at 7637 North 55th Avenue in Glendale if you're interested in checking it out.