Way back when, the Kennard family excavated an area on the North-North-West of the estate with the vision of turning it into a pond. Now, the area is a circular garden, as the family never finished the project. The space, pictured below, is enclosed, flat, and has a private, personal feel to it.
With these considerations, Friends of Kennard Park envisions a mindfulness labyrinth to be installed in the same place as the circular garden.
While many like to sit silently as a form of meditation, walking can also serve as a form of meditation. Particularly, walking through a labyrinth provides a space with fewer distractions and decisions as there is only one road that leads to the center. Symbolically, the “Labyrinth Guild of New England” describes the labyrinth as having three parts: “Upon entering one begins the symbolic path of purgation, or releasing and letting go. The center represents illumination and opening to the Divine. The return path is union, taking the walk’s benefits back into our lives.” While one does not need to necessarily connect with a divine power on their walk through the labyrinth, it can still serve as an emotional cleanse and guaranteed venue for relaxation and mindfulness with few distractions.
In addition to the traditional labyrinth feel, FKP would like to install a seasonal fountain in the center of the labyrinth to channel the original intention of the pond and connect with the previously installed ducts underneath the grass. The Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston hosts one example of a labyrinth with a fountain, pictured below.
To learn more about what a labyrinth is and their locations around New England, visit the “Labyrinth Guild of New England” @ http://www.labyrinthguild.org/
Nature & Community Resource Barn
Behind the Kennard House, there is an old, run-down building that is not in use. FKP envisions renovating this space or constructing a new building to create an educational resource center.
Perhaps in the form of a nature and community resource barn, this center would provide an open space for programming of all ages. In addition, this space would be built sustainably, inspired by the living-building, Kellogg House, at Williams College.
Currently, FKP is working with the Newton Parks and Recreation Commissioner to further develop what this barn might look like and how to make it happen. Check this page in the coming weeks for updates on our progress!
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