Art in the Park
The Parks Foundation Art in the Park Program is a community effort to connect our park system and public areas with visual arts. Sculptures adorn neighborhood parks, community byways, and local businesses and remind our citizens young and old to enjoy their environs and stay young at heart.
The first sculptures were placed in Miller Park and dedicated in 2006 and include:
- "Three Monkey Bench--Hear, See, and Speak NO EVIL", given by the Melissa and Patrick Mullins family, the Bob Mullins family and Mike Mullins.
- "Slow Poke" the tortoise by the pond, given by Guy and Cindy Fowler honoring their children, Jason and Brooke.
- "Buddy, Bo & Me" Given by Kay and Bob Harrell.
Oak Creek Park boasts the "Pig Family", given by Ginger and Alan Jones. Residents make it a habit to visit the swine family during each holiday as they sport new outfits for each seasonal celebration.
At Lions Junction Pool, "Sisters Forever", given by Melissa and Pat Mullins and Sally and Tom Hartley greets guests at the entrance.
There are two pieces on the walking trail in Lions Park that were donated by the Parks Foundation.
"Love and Trust" located at the Scott Cabin commemorates the history and influence of Scott & White Hospital. The iconic Whistlestop Playground is a showcase for "Kid Pulling His Wagon". "Junior Fireman" was given by the family of Dr. Jack Weinblatt to honor his longtime ties and support of the Fire Department and is placed at the Central Fire Station. "Ernie" located at Woodbridge Park was given by Dr. Paxton and Carolyn Howard.
The Parks Foundation hopes to place three more pieces in 2012. A number of locations are perfect for a sculpture and waiting for donors. Colquitt Park, Wilson Park and athletic fields, Sammons Senior Center, Sammons Golf Course, Santa Fe Depot, Jackson Park, Westside athletic fields, Pepper Creek walking trails and the All Access Playground at Lions Park have all been slated for statues. Statuary can be selected by the donor and can run from $500 - $5000 depending on size and intricacy. Donations of any size accumulate and allow the Foundation to purchase additional pieces as funds become available. This project is a perfect way to honor or memorialize a parent, child, and/or grandparent. It is also an excellent opportunity to give the City of Temple a gift in gratitude for the life, home, and community we celebrate here.