Friday, August 31, 2012

Emily Park (Skokie, IL)

© (2012) Photographs by Vicki Polin
Music by Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now

When I was in grade school I went to camp at Emily Park (which is now known as Emily Oaks Nature Center). I have so many found memories of my time here. One includes learning to row a boat, or shoot an arrow with a bow. I also learned the words to the song "both sides now" when I was around 7 or 8. We were always told not to go swimming in the lagoon since it was packed with leaches.

 Emily Park also had one of those secret paths only kids who grew up in Skokie knew about. We would cut over the train tracks to go to Oakton Bowl or Oakton Park.

I'm so amazed at how different this park is now. It used to be an open field with three campfire rings. Now it's like a jungle. The wildlife is unreal. It's hard to believe this is the same park that I wandered in back in the 1960s and 70s.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sculpture Park (Skokie, IL)

© (2012) Photographs by Vicki Polin
Music by The Beatles - I've Just Seen A Face

I went wandering around the Sculpture Park in Skokie between Demptster and Main Streets back in August.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Timber Lake Park

© (2012) Photographs by Vicki Polin
Music By REM - Mad World

A place filled with childhood memories.