Chautauqua Park Creates Connection to Nature

Posted on June 22, 2013

Lakeside Chautauqua has owned a major wooden parcel of land along Harsh Road for many decades. Last summer, Lakeside acquired nearly seven additional acres adjoining this wooded area with a goal of preserving and expanding green space while making it accessible to guests and residents. The Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors voted unanimously to develop these collective parcels as Chautauqua Park, Lakeside’s fourth major park.

Over time, this park, located on the corner of Poplar Avenue and Sixth Street, will seamlessly weave together the four pillars of Chautauqua – religion, education, cultural arts and recreation.

The full development of this park will be a multi-phase commitment. The first official phase, which is currently being completed, includes the development of a living memorial garden that will serve as final resting place for the cremated remains of loved ones. This formal rectangular garden, known as The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park, will be available to guests this summer.

In addition to the memorial garden, the scenic nature/walking trail that borders the Lakeside Chautauqua grounds has been expanded. Approximately one mile of path has been added, weaving through the serene grounds of Chautauqua Park.

The expanded trail will link Chautauqua Park to the Lakeside community, providing a reconnection to nature and a safe path for explorers, birders and photographers of all ages to discover the new wooded space and memorial garden. This trail expansion into Chautauqua Park not only focuses on wellness, but also enhances the religious, educational and cultural elements of the Chautauqua program.

This summer, the park will host several children’s nature programs, tree walks, bird walks, family picnics, plein air artists, group gatherings, memorials and special programs such as Evening Prayer & Praise, Family Discovery Programs and the Lakeside Symphony Showcase.