Yesterday I took a hike through Schenley Park. It was a day of more sunshine than clouds with a high around 75 and as I walked down Forbes Avenue with the Carnegie Museum on my left and then made a left at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh I could see across the way the chairs at the tables under the pavilion in Schenley Plaza and the chairs at the tables on the walkway in Schenley Plaza where the food kiosks sat were full of people once again. I knew many of those at the tables and standing in line at the kiosks were University of Pittsburgh students back from summer vacation…
A large park in the middle of an urban setting is to me a wonderful thing. The green grass and trees and shrubbery bring a sense of serenity. The buildings of the nitty-gritty city fade away and the distances open up in long stretches of empty space. You can see more of the sky and there are fewer people and a lot less vehicular traffic.
You can sit on a bench or stand and look down into the two small decorative pools in the park and watch the small, orange fish dart back and forth below the green plants floating on the dark water. You can think and reflect. For a little while you can let go of the city and recharge your soul.
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This is Guy Hogan reporting from North Oakland in the City of Pittsburgh. All photos used for this blog post were sampled from Egotastic All Stars.