Today I took the pups to iconic Carl Schurz Park, home of Gracie Mansion, which is the official residence of the mayor of New York City. Carl Schurz is a 14.9-acre public park in the Yorkville neighborhood of New York City. The park was named for German-born Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz who strongly supported the solidly German-American community of Yorkville.
Carl Schurz Park is filled with shady, winding paths for hiking and walking and lush green hills and trees. There are basketball courts, a large playground for children, and two dog runs — one for large dogs and one for small dogs. It was a beautiful sunny day and I sat on a bench in the small dog run for a few hours chatting with other dog owners while the pups ran around making new friends.
Then we walked along the promenade by the river, watching the sailboats flying above the water as they sailed through the air trying to outrace each other. I’ve lived on the East Side over 45 years and I never get tired of that view.
When it’s too hot to keep the dogs out for an extended period of time I often come to the park without them to walk in the greenery and enjoy the peacefulness. Sometimes I pack a picnic lunch and find a quiet patch of grass where I can sit and relax and connect with nature. Or maybe I’ll sun-bathe, read, prepare my next blog post, or just people-watch. I always run into someone interesting to spend some time with and every visit is an adventure.
At the end of the day I’m always glad to come home from my time in the park. I never want to take advantage of the gift of nature by overstaying my welcome.
There’s always tomorrow or the next day. I know the park will be waiting for me.