#14 Dr. Glen Dey Park – 2801 N. Grove
Background: Part of this park was acquired in 1971 under a HUD program, the rest of the park was acquired in 1992.
It was originally called Grove Park but was renamed In 2011.
Dr. Dey was a former Wichita State University professor and served on the parks board for 8 years.
There is a mural made up of 2,000 glass tiles on 5-foot-wide concrete wall with Kansas icons. Elementary school children helped a local artist with the design. Jeremy loved the rainbow. I liked the homage to the Wizard of Oz.
At the other end of the park was a neat little area with carved rocks with words and thoughts on them. (Pictured at the top of the post)
The park was once the sight of the Terrace drive-in theater which opened in 1952 and closed in 1985.
The Eagle reported, “In 2000, Dey worked with a Kansas Army National Guard captain — former Mayor Carl Brewer — to have local guard units help clear trees and undergrowth at the park, so planned improvements could move forward.”
What we did: What a cool park. The football fields were bustling with fans and players. What a great day to be outside in Kansas. This park is much bigger than it looks. Beyond the fields, there are two playgrounds. We goofed around in both of them. We especially this, I have no idea what to call it, a hanging slide maybe. We tried to ride it standing up but neither of us were coordinated enough to do that, so we sat on it, and what a blast.
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